Mobility and Highland Medieval Urbanism of the Nomadic Qarakhanids (9th-11th c. CE, Uzbekistan)

Author(s): Ann Merkle; Michael Frachetti

Year: 2019

Summary

This is an abstract from the "From Campsite to Capital – Mobility Patterns and Urbanism in Inner Asia" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Recent discoveries of a series of highland urban sites (located over 2000m elevation) in the Pamir foothills of Uzbekistan inspire a full reconsideration of the political and economic organization of the Qarakhanid Khaganate and their relationship to both lowland and highland cities. The Qarakhanids controlled Central Asia from the 9th-12th c. CE, yet their archaeological signature remains limited and biased toward agricultural settings. Here we present recent archaeological data from their highland urban settings, illustrating a previously undocumented model for "nomadic" highland urbanism and its impact on the trade and political structure of the medieval Silk Road.

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Mobility and Highland Medieval Urbanism of the Nomadic Qarakhanids (9th-11th c. CE, Uzbekistan). Ann Merkle, Michael Frachetti. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452150)

Keywords

General
Historic Other Urbanism

Geographic Keywords
Asia: Central Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 46.143; min lat: 28.768 ; max long: 87.627; max lat: 54.877 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23834