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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 of the City of Gyaur Kala, Merv

The Fortifications of the City of Gyaur Kala, Merv

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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam


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This chapter describes the fortifications of the ancient city of Gyaur Kala in the Merv Oasis based on the result of archaeological excavations. It summarizes the phases of construction and rebuilding and provides preliminary evidence for dating individual phases. Overall, the excavations strongly suggest that broader trends in military architecture influenced the development of the city walls of Gyaur Kala.

Keywords:   fortifications, Gyaur Kala, Merv Oasis, archaeological excavations, military architecture, city walls

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