LOCATION: Jauzjan Province. 5km
of Shibarghan, 2km to the east of the road to Andkhui.
DATE: Early Iron Age, c. 1300-800
BC (C-14, ceramic); Kushan, 100 BC-100AD. (Stylistic).
DESCRIPTION: A mound c. 80 m diam.
And 4m high, enclosed by mud-brick walls c. 1.5 high. Inside
is a temple consisting of two halls with 15 columns and a
cruciform altar. The site is possibly a very early Indo-Iranian
settlement. In early Kushan period Tilla Tepe was re-used
as a necropolis for a wealthy family. In 1978 six burials
were excavated, consisting of raised wooden coffins containing
burial adornments of silk, gold and silver. Some 20,000 objects
were recovered, consisting of bracelets, bowls, clasps, buttons,
weapons, statuary jewellery, etc., representing a mixture
of Indian, Central Asian, Iranian and Hellenistic styles.”
From Ball, W. Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, Paris,
1982, p. 278