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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 Fortifications at Gobekly-depe

The Fortifications at Gobekly-depe

(p.268) (p.269) 12 The Fortifications at Gobekly-depe
After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam


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This chapter discusses the result of research on the Gobekly-depe fortifications at the north-western edge of the Merv Oasis conducted by the South Turkmenistan Archaeological Multi-Disciplinary Expedition (YuTAKE) in the late 1940s. The findings suggest that the fortress served as a residence for the state dignitary in charge of the fortress and as a warehouse to which specific commodities were sent from Merv and from which they were then distributed further. The plan of the fortifications involved towers in all four corners and an entrance in the middle of the south wall, and the walls were built with alternate layers of mud bricks and pakhsa.

Keywords:   Gobekly-depe fortifications, Merv Oasis, YuTAKE, fortress, residence, state dignitary, warehouse, towers, mud bricks, pakhsa

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