The Oasis of Bukhara: Population, Depopulation and Settlement Evolution, Rocco Rante, archaeologist at the Louvre Museum, presents the results of a large-scale and ambitious regional archaeological investigation of the oasis of Bukhara, corresponding to the delta of the Zerafshan River, from the end of the 1st millennium BCE to the Timurid period. Rante reports the conclusions of several studies of the oasis, realised with the collaboration of distinguished specialists, and covers topics such as human migration, water and the city, urban development and changes in human behaviour. He also revisits the history of this part of Central Asia, providing new historical and cultural insights arising out of the intense archaeological activities undertaken in the field. The volume is co-published by Brill, Leiden, and the Louvre Museum, Paris.
Rocco Rante, Ph.D. (2009), Professional Research Fellow (2018), University Pantheon-La Sorbonne, is archaeologist at the Louvre Museum. He has published
Rayy: From Its Origins to the Mongol Invasion (Leiden, 2015) and
The Greater Khorasan (Berlin, 2015).
Table of contents
Préface Acknowledgements List of Figures
Part 1: The Survey
1 Landscape and Human Dynamics 1 The Zerafshan Landscape and Its Evolution 2 Human Occupation from the Neolithic to Antiquity 3 The “Silk Road” in Archaeological Surveys and Historical Sources 4 The Birth of the North-eastern Route of the Silk Road 2 Settlements and Their Evolution 1 The Archaeological Survey 2 Settlement Distribution within the Oasis 3 Chronology and Evolution of Settlements 3 Morphology of Cities 1 Urban Topography 2 The Tripartite Sites 3 Urban Categories and Water Resources 4 Water Network and Tripartite Sites between Hydrological and Historical Surveys 5 The Road Network 6 The Bipartite Sites 7 Water Network and Bipartite Sites between Hydrological and Historical Surveys 8 The Road Network 9 Socio-economic Aspects 10 Urban Fortifications within the Oasis
Part 2: The Excavation
Introduction to Part 2
4Ramitan 1 Landscape and Archaeological Vestiges 2 Earlier Works 3 Plan of the City 4 Stratigraphy 5 Evolution of the Urban Plan 6 Main Monuments 7 Fortifications 8 The Suburb (rabad)
5Paykend 1 Landscape and Archaeological Vestiges 2 Earlier Works 3 Plan of the City 4 Stratigraphy 5 Evolution of the Urban Plan 6 Main Monuments 7 Trench E 8 Sector A 9 Sector B 10 Sector C 11 Sector F 12 Sector D 13 Sector E 14 Sector I 15 Sector K 16 Sector J 17 Sector L 6 Iskijkat 1 Landscape and Archaeological Vestiges 2 Some Data from Earlier Historical Studies 3 Plan of the City 4 Stratigraphy 5 Evolution of the Urban Plan
7 Kakishtuvan 1 Landscape and Archaeological Vestiges 2 Plan of the City 3 Stratigraphy 4 Evolution of the Urban Plan
8 Site 250 1 Landscape and Archaeological Vestiges 2 Plan of the City 3 Stratigraphy 4 Evolution of the Urban Plan
9 Bukhara 1 Landscape and Archaeological Vestiges 2 Earlier Works 3 Stratigraphy 4 A New History of Bukhara
This volume will be of interest to anyone interested in the history and archaeology of Central Asia and the Iranian world, as well as to all regional geo-archaeological investigation specialists.