Friday, September 22

Archaeologists are excavating in Tajikistan, in the ancient monument of Sanjar Shah

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Tajik archaeologists and their foreign partners, led by Sharofiddin Kurbonov, a researcher at the A. Donish Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography, and Abdurakhmon Pulatov, have been continuing the study of the Sanjarshokha Palace since May 15 with the involvement of students of the History Faculty of the Tajik Pedagogical Institute in Penjikent (excavations 7-8). As a result of excavations in this place, a room was discovered, the size of which in the first period of construction reached 15.6 x 19 meters. This was reported to NIAT “Khovar” at the Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography named after A. Donish.

According to archaeologists, as a result of excavations in the 2022 season, fragments of walls were found from this room, which testifies to the greatness and beauty of this palace.

From the point of view of world and local history, the archaeological sites of Tajikistan are of great value. Here it is possible to clearly demonstrate what a high level the culture of the ancestors of this land reached in ancient times. Along with this, the connection with all the main centers of world civilization becomes clear. Having examined the monuments of Tajikistan, it will be possible to make sure that the local culture was deeply rooted in ancient times.

The ancient monument of Sanjarshokh of Penjikent is among the unique monuments of the republic, which with their finds testify to the craft, architectural and pottery skills of the inhabitants of the upper reaches of the Zeravshan Valley in the early Middle Ages. The first medieval monument of Sanjarshokh is located in the village of Sujina, 12 km east of Penjikent (Sughd region) and dates back to the 5th-9th centuries AD.

Despite the fact that most of the memorial was leveled in the 50-70s of the last century in order to create a park by the then responsible persons of the village of Sudzhina, archaeologists do not lose hope to uncover the secrets hiding underground. To date, 8 archaeological excavations have been carried out on the territory of the monument, as a result of which valuable historical materials have been obtained for understanding the structure of the settlement, its crafts and material culture.

It should be recalled that every year, since 2008, Tajik archaeologists and their foreign partners, on the basis of a cooperation agreement between the A. Donish Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan and the Eurasian Research Society, excavations will be carried out in this monument, which will continue until the first half of June this year.


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