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Excavations at Rayy

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The surveys carried out at the site in 2005 and 2006, and also the work undertaken at the Penn Museum archives and stores, allowed for deeper reflection concerning the excavation. Other test trenches were carried out during the excavation, providing a dating of the rampart and to bring up to date the fortification of the lower city of Rayy. The vestiges of the šahrestān rampart form a small part of its overall perimeter. The first surveys on the site rapidly showed the complexity and major interest of the rampart. The external side of the šahrestān rampart presents, in some segments, characteristics that could also have been found in both pre-Islamic and Islamic architecture in Central Asia and on the Iranian plateau. The analysis of the upper part of the rampart was essentially aimed at the identification of the construction technique and the identification of the materials employed.

Keywords: šahrestān rampart; excavations; Iranian plateau; Islamic architecture; Penn Museum; pre-Islamic architecture; Rayy



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