樊锦诗（Fán Jǐnshī）, also called the “Flower of the Desert”, is known as China’s most resilient archaeologist.
She is famous for spending 40 years in a cave in the desert, protecting a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Respect.
The Mògāo Caves, or “The Thousand Buddha Grottoes”, in the Northwestern city of Dūnhuáng literally contain a thousand years of art. Situated along the ancient Silk Road, the hundreds of caves document a confluence of cultures, with murals and statues with Chinese, Central Asian, and Indian motifs.
All this might have been lost without Fán Jǐnshī, whose father repeatedly wrote and asked her to come home from the dusty pits and get some real food.
Instead, she protected the caves from vermin, erosion, and tourists, digitized the murals for posterity, and became celebrated across the country.
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