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An imperial frontier of the Sasanian Empire : further fieldwork at the Great Wall of Gorgan.

Omrani-Rekavandi, H. and Sauer, E. W. and Wilkinson, Tony. and Tamak, E. S. and Ainslie, R. and Mahmoudi, M. and Griffiths, S. and Ershadi, M. and Van Rensburg, J. J. and Fattahi, M. and Ratcliffe, J. and Nokandeh, J. and Nazifi, A. and Thomas, R. and Gale, R. and Hoffman, B. (2007) 'An imperial frontier of the Sasanian Empire : further fieldwork at the Great Wall of Gorgan.', Iran., 45 . pp. 95-136.


The 2006 season has yielded significant new insights into the Great Wall of Gorgan's relation to landscape features and settlement, notably the division of the associated complex water supply system into sectors. The westernmost part of the wall is buried deeply beneath sediments from a past transgression of the Caspian Sea. An unexpectedly high number of brick kilns, of standardised design, shed light on the manner of the wall's construction. Geophysical survey, satellite images and excavations have established that some or all of the associated forts were densely occupied with buildings, thought to be barracks, suggesting a strong military garrison.

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