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Previous Surveys and Excavations at Rayy

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The investigations on the site of the current Šāh ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm are summed up in two topographical plans that had already been made in the first half of the 19th century. The plan of Pascal Coste shows the totality of the site with all its architectural parts. Neither of these two plans is entirely accurate. The orientation is distorted on the plan of Ker Porter. Coste's plan is clearer at indicating the water sources of the town. Coste presents a list of the characteristics and major landmarks on the top left of his plan. Moving from right to left, the eastern elevation shows mud brick and pisé ramparts and towers of the citadel drawn in the background. The western elevation is very interesting, not only for its identification of structures still visible in 1840, but also because the part of the town and all the citadel no longer exist today.

Keywords: Šāh ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm; excavations; plan of Ker Porter; plan of Pascal Coste; Rayy



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