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Persia's imperial power in late antiquity. The great wall of Gorgan and the frontier landscapes of Sasanian Iran.

Author: Sauer.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxbow Books 2012.
Series: British Institute of Persian Studies Archaeological Monograph, 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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The Gorgan Wall stretches for over 200km through northern Iran. Guarded by over 30 forts, it is longer than Hadrians Wall and the Antonine Wall put together and is the most monumental ancient border defence system between Central Europe and China. Until recently, dating proposals ranged over more than a millennium, and majority opinion attributed the wall to the Parthians (3rd century BC 3rd century AD). Scientific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sauer.
ISBN: 9781842175194 184217519X
OCLC Number: 797328717
Contents: SECTION A: RESEARCH CONTEXT AND BACKGROUND 1.Introduction 2. History of Research SECTION B: FIELD RESEARCH 3. The Landscapes of the Gorgan Wall (Tony J. Wilkinson, Hamid Omrani Rekavandi, Kristen Hopper, Seth Priestman, Kourosh Roustaei and Nikolaos Galiatsatos) 4. The Brick Kilns Alongside the Gorgan Wall 5. The Architecture of the Gorgan Wall 6. Forts, Fortlets and Watchtowers on the Gorgan Wall 7. The Brick Kilns Alongside the Tammisheh Wall 8. The Architecture of the Tammisheh Wall 9. The Forts on the Tammisheh Wall 10. Mountain Strongholds and Refuges Above the Tammisheh Wall 11. Linear Earthworks Of More Recent Date - Timeless Responses To A Continuous Threat 12. Sasanian Campaign Bases 13. A Sasanian City In The Gorgan Plain: Dasht Qal`eh 14. Early Urban Expansion Into The Steppe: Qelich Qoineq SECTION C: SPECIALIST CONTRIBUTIONS 15. The Underwater Survey of the Tammisheh and Gorgan Walls (Julian Jansen Van Rensburg, Francesco Caputo, Hamid Omrani Rekavandi, Eberhard W. Sauer, Bardia Shabani and James Ratcliffe) 16. Archaeomagnetic Studies Of Features Along The Gorgan And Tammisheh Walls (Cathy M. Batt and David P. Greenwood) 17. OSL Dating (Jean-Luc Schwenninger and Morteza Fattahi) 18. Sasanian Ceramics From The Gorgan Wall And Other Sites On The Gorgan Plain (Seth M.N. Priestman) 19. Vessel Glass and Beads (Birgitta Hoffmann) 20. Animal Bones (Marjan Mashkour, Valentin Radu and Richard Thomas) 21. Charcoal (Imogen Poole and Rowena Gale) 22. Bitumen (Richard Evershed) SECTION D: CONCLUSIONS 23. History of the Walls and of the Sasanian Military Build-up in the Gorgan Plain: A Microcosm of a Powerful Empire Appendices 19th-Century Sources On The Physical Remains Of The Gorgan Wall Bibliography Persian translation of introduction, table of contents and title page (Amin Nazifi)
Series Title: British Institute of Persian Studies Archaeological Monograph, 2.
Responsibility: Eberhard W. Sauer.

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