Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) was one the world’s greatest explorers during the turn of the 19th century. The Hungarian born and British based archaeologist traveled extensively through Central Asia. His famous expeditions discovered important relics and uncovered extensive knowledge of Asia’s history.
Stein believed in scout dogs to help himself and his research team through their travels into unknown lands. He never made an expedition without a scout dog. Stein felt a good scout meant a good discovery. Over his lifetime he used seven scout dogs, replacing each one after they died from injury or passed away from old age.
He named each dog the same... Dash.
Dash III, pictured at Aurel Stein’s base-camp
in Jaglot, Pakistan, August 1913
British Museum Archives
Aurel Stein, 1929
Stein & Team with Dash II in Ulugh-mazar, in the desert north of Chira, China in 1908.