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  • "The main item of trade mentioned in these documents is horses, which the Chinese bought from the nomadic peoples north of Kucha in exchange for one thousand catties (roughly 1,300 pounds or 600 kg) of steel or roughly 1,000 Chinese feet of cloth."

    --Valerie Hansen, The Silk Road: A New History (Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 2012), 80-81

    December 30, 2016

  • "According to a classic text... attributed to Tung-fang So in the second century B.C., '...Its flesh weighs a thousand catties roughly a thousand pounds, and may be used as dried meat for food...'"

    —Richard Stone, Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant, (Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Publishing, 2001), 20

    September 20, 2008