The Fortifications of the City of Gyaur Kala, Merv


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 of the City of Gyaur Kala, Merv

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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

Chapter.  5370 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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