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Urban Development

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On the basis of the topographical analysis and the pottery study of Rayy, the study of Schmidt's archives and recent excavations, an attempt is made by the author to analyse the urban development of the archaeological area of the city since its origins. The archaeological data was derived from studying the ceramics of Rayy coming from the excavations of the 1930s and conserved in the reserves of the museums of Iran Bāstān in Tehran and the Penn Museum, Philadelphia. The urban development of the fortified city of Rayy remains poorly known in the Sasanian period. The paucity of information is not limited to the Sasanian period, but is the case for the beginning of Islam. The presence of architectural elements from the Sasanian period facilitated its recognition. This site stands further to the south than the first occupations, which could suggest a development towards the south of the city.

Keywords: ceramics of Rayy; Islamic period; museums of Iran Bāstān; Penn Museum; Philadelphia; Sasanian period; Tehran; urban development



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