Asia - Central

Ancient Bactra and Its Oasis (Afghanistan) During Protohistory: The Work Led by the Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan

This grant will be for the study and publication of the final report of the Protohistoric occupation of Ancient Bactra and contemporary sites of Bactra oasis, excavated between 2004 and 2009 by the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA) under the direction of R. Besenval with the help of Ph. Marquis.
Ancient Bactra is located in northern Afghanistan, in the center of the modern city of Balkh. Famous for its mentions by the historians of Alexander the Great as the capital of the Achaemenids in Central Asia, Bactra was in fact settled since at least the end of the 2nd...

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The Helmand Sistan Project

The Helmand Sistan Project (HSP) represents the only long-term, comprehensive survey and excavation project ever conducted in southwestern Afghanistan. In the field in the 1970s and sponsored jointly by the Smithsonian Institution and the Afghan Institute of Archaeology, HSP identified almost 200 sites in the Sistan region of the lower Helmand Valley, in the adjoining Sar-o-Tar basin, and elsewhere along the southwestern Afghan border. We excavated 15 of them to establish the first cultural history for the entire region from the Bronze Age to the present. Further work was prevented by...

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Materials of South Sogdian Archaeological Expedition: Vol. 1. Coins from the Excavations of Ancient Yer-Kurgan; Vol. 2 Temple of Yer-Kurgan

The town-site of Yer Kurgan is situated in Kasan District, Qashkadaryo Viloyati, Uzbekistan. It is the second largest in Sogdiana (its area 170 hectares, i.e. 420 acres). Due it is unusual history, Yer-Kurgan is the only significant Sogdian site were the late antique strata can be easily reached. It has crucial importance for our understanding of the formative stages of Sogdian history, from the very moment when Sogdians got involved in Trans-continental trade to the time when they became the Masters of the Silk Road. On all other Sogdian town-sites early strata are covered by...

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Old Kandahar: An Archaeological Reappraisal

The spectacular ruins of Old Kandahar, in south Afghanistan, lie a little to the west of the modern city of the same name. A massive packed clay citadel is surrounded by a large enclosure of eroding mud brick fortifications running across the agricultural plain, up the slopes and along the sharp grey spine of the Qaitul ridge. During a brief period of peace in the 1970s the site was extensively excavated by a British team sponsored by the Society for Afghan Studies (then Society for South Asian...

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