October 3 – Happy Birthday, Pyotr Kozlov

Posted October 3, 2017

Wouldn't you love to have your job description be "traveler"?

Pyotr Kozlov, born in Russia on this day in 1862, is listed as a traveler and an explorer. He seems to be more the "research and write about" sort of explorer than the "enslave everyone you meet, and grab their gold to boot" sort of explorer.

Thank goodness.

But he did bring to Russia some items from his travels - and I am not 100% sure how he got those items?

So...where did Kozlov travel?

Although Kozlov's parents prepared him for a career in Russia's military, he chose to join an expedition in Asia. He ended up having to take over the expedition because of the leaders' illness and death. He traveled through parts of Mongolia, Tibet, and China and explored the Yellow River, the Yangtze, and the Mekong.

Above, the Russian map on display in the Pyotr Kozlov Museum.
Below, a map that shows where Mongolia and Tibet are in relation
to China.

Kozlov also explored some regions of Central Asia,
including a region that used to be the ancient Bactrian Kingdom.

Kozlov ended up bringing back to Russia 2,000 books in the Tangut language. These books he found in the ruins of a city in the Gobi Desert; the city was destroyed by the Ming Chinese in 1372. He also brought back to Russia samples of 2,000-year-old Bactrian textiles.

Check out the places Kozlov explored:

Gobi Desert

Above and below, Khara-Khoto,
the ruins of a Tangut city discovered
in the Gobi Desert

Above and below, the Mekong River

A royal burial in Noin-Ula, in Tibet

Xinjiang, a territory in northwest China

Above and below, the Yangtze River

The Yellow River

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