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

Dawkes, G; (2013) Excavating a Silk Road City: the Medieval Citadel of Taraz, Kazakhstan. Archaeology International , 16 (2012-2) 110 - 119. 10.5334/ai.1603. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: Excavating a Silk Road City: the Medieval Citadel of Taraz, Kazakhstan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/ai.1603
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.1603
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology ASE
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469617
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