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Excavating a Silk Road City: the Medieval Citadel of Taraz, Kazakhstan

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Giles Dawkes

Centre for Applied Archaeology, Units 1 and 2, Chapel Place, Portslade, East Sussex BN41 1DR, GB
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Abstract

The city of Taraz, located near the southern border with Uzbekistan, is one of the most significant historic settlements in Kazakhstan, and two seasons of fieldwork in the central market-place have revealed a substantial depth of medieval stratigraphy. Despite frequent mentions in Arabic and Chinese written sources, both the form and evolution of this important Silk Road city remain poorly understood. Evidence for a series of successive medieval buildings, including a bathhouse and a Zoroastrian flame shrine, was found in the area of the former citadel. These excavations, undertaken as a joint initiative between the Centre for Applied Archaeology and Kazakh archaeologists, were the first for 50 years in the city and form part of a wider public outreach programme.
How to Cite: Dawkes, G., 2013. Excavating a Silk Road City: the Medieval Citadel of Taraz, Kazakhstan. Archaeology International, 16, pp.110–119. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1603
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  Published on 24 Oct 2013

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