Since early exploitation by foreign archaeologists in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the area has continued to reveal amazing relicts of the past.
Modern Chinese archaeologists have revealed more details of the ancient inhabitants and their ways of life.
However, the Scythian bow would leave no telltale laths in the archaeological records.Even in the heartland of the Scythians, modern Russia and the Ukraine, very few identifiable remains of bows remain.Silk wrapped and lacquered bows have been excavated in Warring States and Han tombs .Whether the bow was finished or recovered by a Chinese artisan or complete constructed by one is hard to say at the moment.One type of great significance to the history of archery was very similar to bows familiar in the West from Greek, Persian and Scythian The bow in question possessed a feature that is no longer common in modern composite bows.
It was thick and narrow in the cross-section of that part of the limb where it bends.
Its watercourses eventually evaporate in the Takla Makan.
Subeshi (Subeixi) is situated to the east of the famous Silk Road town of Turpan (Turfan).
The unique dry conditions have preserved usually perishable artifacts and even the bodies of some of the people buried there.
What have surprised many in the West were the European features of some of the bodies.
People farmed and traded in the oases and nomads visited both for trade and warfare.