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A case study of an early Islamic city in Transoxiana: Excavations at the medieval citadel in Taraz, Kazakhstan

Dawkes, G; Jorayev, G; (2015) A case study of an early Islamic city in Transoxiana: Excavations at the medieval citadel in Taraz, Kazakhstan. Archaeological Research in Asia , 4 pp. 17-24. 10.1016/j.ara.2015.09.001. Green open access

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Abstract

© 2015. This report presents a summary of the 2011 and 2012 excavations of the joint UK-Kazakhstani excavations in the medieval citadel of Taraz. The city of Taraz, located near the southern border with Uzbekistan, is one of the most significant historic settlements in Kazakhstan, and the investigations in the central market place have started to reveal the composition of the medieval city. Despite frequent mentions in Arabic and Chinese written sources, the form and evolution of this important Silk Road city remains poorly understood. These excavations, which identified a series of buildings including a bathhouse and a fire shrine, are the first for almost 50years and include the first C14 radiocarbon date from the city. In addition, this is one of the first detailed accounts in English of an urban excavation in Kazakhstan.

Type: Article
Title: A case study of an early Islamic city in Transoxiana: Excavations at the medieval citadel in Taraz, Kazakhstan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ara.2015.09.001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ara.2015.09.001
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. This manuscript is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology ASE
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472127
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