„The Wall which the People call the Wall of Kanpirak” – new perspectives on the Long Wall of Bukhārā


Early Islamic Empire Lecture Series
Lecture by Sören Stark (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University)

7.10.2015, 18:30 Uhr
AS-Saal, Edmund-Siemers- Allee 1, 20146 Hamburg

This lecture will take a look at the territorial barriers that are a widespread phenomenon in many micro-regions of Western Central Asia and Eastern Iran (Mā warāʾ al-nahr and Khorāsān). They often take the shape of monumental oasis walls around the entirety or large parts of the agricultural hinterland of important urban centers vis-à-vis the surrounding desert steppe.

Although these astonishing monuments have caught the attention of historians and archaeologists since as early as the end of the 19th century, we still poorly understand their chronology as well as their actual purposes.

The most monumental and best preserved one of these territorial barriers, the „long wall“ of Bukhārā – at least 330 km long and complete with an impressive array of adjoining fortresses, watchtowers, and fortified gates –, is since 2011 subject to systematic investigations carried out by an Uzbek-American field project, now part of the Uzbek-American Archaeological Expedition in Bukhara (UzAmEB). The results of the seasons 2011-2015, deriving from extensive field surveys and excavations, now allow for substantiated conclusions regarding the chronological framework of the development of this system of fortification and provide important new insights into questions related to its purpose(s).

Weitere Informationen: https://www.islamic-empire.uni-hamburg.de/en/news-and-events/news/lecture-series-2.html



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