Author: Rocco Rante
This book offers a new history of the ancient city of Rayy. Based on the results of the latest excavations on the Citadel and the Shahrestan (the political and administrative nucleus of the city in all periods), the study of historical and geographical texts and on surveys carried out between 2005 and 2007 by the author and the Iranian archaeologist, Ghadir Afround, the complete occupation sequence of the city, from its foundation in the Iron Age and the Parthian reconstructions (2nd to 1st centuries BC), up to the Mongol invasions and rapid depopulation in the 13th century CE, comes to light.
Population, Depopulation and Settlement Evolution
Author: Rocco Rante
In 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.
In: The Oasis of Bukhara, Volume 1
In: The Oasis of Bukhara, Volume 1
In: The Oasis of Bukhara, Volume 1
In: Rayy: from its Origins to the Mongol Invasion
In: Rayy: from its Origins to the Mongol Invasion
In: Rayy: from its Origins to the Mongol Invasion
In: Rayy: from its Origins to the Mongol Invasion
In: Rayy: from its Origins to the Mongol Invasion