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100 Years of Archaeological Excavation at Anau, Turkmenistan

Publication date: Apr 29, 2013 1:58:35 PM

Start: May 8, 2013 5:15:00 PM
End: May 8, 2013 6:15:00 PM

Location: UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Location of Turkmenistan (Image courtesy of the UCL Ancient Merv Project)

Gaigysyz Jorayev (UCL Institute of Archaeology) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network at the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology on 8 May.

The seminar is entitled 'History of One Myth: 100 Years of Archaeological Excavation at Anau, Turkmenistan' and all are welcome.

Abstract

The findings of different archaeologists at the prehistoric site of Anau, Turkmenistan made an important contribution to our understanding of the emergence of agriculture in Central Asia and Iran. This paper presents the century-long history of archaeological investigations at Anau.

Changing political realities of the last 100 years added an important flavour into interpretations of those findings. Recently, when the site was strongly linked with the wheat domestication, it became an important political symbol. The overview of the history of archaeologists who worked at Anau, archaeological findings on the site and their interpretations offers fascinating insights into the development of archaeology in Central Asia. 

Due to limited seating at the Petrie Museum, please RSVP to Amara Thornton if you would like to attend.