Record Number : 93814 of 13452

Title : Nisa expeditions

Description :
A brief illustrated guide to the excavations at the Parthian city of Nisa in Turkmenistan undertaken by the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino (University of Turin) and the National Department for the Protection, Study and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments of Turkmenistan. The project, which begun in 2000, aims to establish a general topographical map of old Nisa and to study the spatial and functional relationships between individual buildings within this important Parthian centre, including the fortress in the southern part of the site. The Parthian kingdom was the political successor to the Persian Empire destroyed by Alexander the Great and, between 243 BC and 228 AD, was the most powerful entity in the Near East, covering a vast area taking in modern Iran and parts of Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azarbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It rivalled successively (and successfully) both the Seleucid kingdom and the Roman Empire until it was conquered by the Sassanians in the 3rd century AD. The resource provides a useful overview of the excavation campaigns from 2000 onwards, with valuable up-to-date photographs of many of the buildings and excavation trenches as well providing information on the archaeological team from the University of Turin. The website is part of Parthia.com which provides the essential historical and archaeological background information to the site of Nisa itself which is lacking in this particularly context. "The Nisa expeditions" is a useful addition to the corpus of online websites of archaeological sites and would interest students and researchers of ancient history and classical and Near Eastern archaeology.

URL : http://www.parthia.com/nisa/

Uncontrolled Keywords : Mithradatkert

Controlled Keywords : Parthia; excavations (sites); archaeology;

Language : eng;

Period : 750 - 1 BCE; 1 BCE - 500 CE;

Geographic Name : Asia Central

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