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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam$
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Joe Cribb and Georgina Herrmann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263846

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.001.0001

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The Arrangement of Buildings in the Quarters of a Sogdian City

The Arrangement of Buildings in the Quarters of a Sogdian City

(p.212) (p.213) 9 The Arrangement of Buildings in the Quarters of a Sogdian City
After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam


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This chapter examines the pattern of arrangement of the buildings in ancient Sogdian towns. Recent archaeological excavations that identified the territorial units Paikend has made it possible to determine that early medieval towns in Sogdiana were not laid out like Greek cities or fortified Roman camps, but had a plan of separate quarters. The findings reveal that the streets in the towns served the purpose of linking different parts of the town and at the same time dividing it into separate quarters.

Keywords:   Sogdian towns, buildings, Paikend, medieval towns, quarters, streets

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