SPACH Photo Catalogue of Major Priority Sites and Monuments:

Provinces:

Badakhshan Badghis
Baghlan
Balkh
Bamyan
Farah
Faryab
Ghazni
Ghor
Herat
Helmand
Jawzjan
Kabul
Kandahar
Kapisa
Khost
Kunar
Kunduz
Laghman
Logar
Nangarhar
Nimroz
Nuristan
Paktika
Paktya
Parwan
Samangan
Sari Pul
Takhar
Uruzgan
Wardak
Zabu
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TAKHAR

ĀÏ  KHĀNOUM:

LOCATION: Takhar Province. At the confluence of the Kokcha and the O
xus Rivers near Khwāja Ghar, c. 100km north-east of Qundūz.

DATES: Seleucid, 4th-3rd C BC; Graeco-Bactrian, 3rd-2nd C BC. (C-14, ceramic, epigraphic, stylistic).

DESCRIPTION:
A single period urban site in a naturally fortified position, surrounded by defensive walls and , in places, a ditch. The lower town consists of three distinctive parts: (A) a habitation area to the south, (B) an administration area that includes a palace in the middle, and (C) an almost empty area in the north, with a main street connecting all three. The upper town has a necropolis and an acropolis. Construction is of mud-brick throughout, with columns and some thresholds in stone. Finds include sculptures, terracottas, coins, jewellery, Greek inscriptions, ivory throne fragments, a complete iron suit or armour and two sundials. In the vicinity are remains of many canals.

From Ball, W. Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, Paris, 1982, p. 30

CONDITION: Heavily plundered by local commander
 

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