The Fortifications at Gobekly-depe


in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Fortifications at Gobekly-depe

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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

Chapter.  4005 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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