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Ceramics of the Merv Oasis: Recycling the City
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Ceramics of the Merv Oasis: Recycling the City (Hardback)

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The potential held within seemingly mundane utilitarian pottery for unlocking information about past societies has recently enjoyed greater recognition within archaeological research. Our knowledge of many groups or periods has benefited from systematic ceramic analysis, however as yet the Sasanian Empire of ancient Persia has not be subjected to the same examination granted to other major civilisations. The Sasanians were the last of the great dynasties to rule pre-Islamic Iran (224-651 AD). Ancient Iran was a vast empire of distinct regions and communities occupying a vital position for the trade between China and India to the New East and the Mediterranean. Ancient Merv is located in an oasis in the Central Asian steppes, a gateway for travellers and traders and the final refuge of the last Sasanian ruler, Yazdgard III, who died there in the middle of the 7th century following the Arab invasion. Sasanian rule marked the transformation from late Antiquity to early Medieval societies, and was characterised in part by increasing and intense urbanisation. Fieldwork at Merv has been concerned with investigating the remains of long-term urban settlement.

This detailed analysis and presentation of recent work provides a major step forward in the study of Sasanian pottery and its complex archaeological context, and provides an important basis for future investigation.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsCeramic arts, pottery, glass Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 15/04/2006 ISBN-13: 9781844720811  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Gabriele Puschnigg is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London

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