Recent Excavations of Sanjar-Shah and the New Sources for the Study of the Sogdian Culture

Thursday, February 22, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Young Research Library - Library Presentation Room 11348

Michael Shenkar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Free and open to the public.


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Additional Information

The lecture presents some preliminary results of the excavations conducted at the site of Sanjar-Shah during 2014-2017.

Sanjar-Shah is located 12 km to the east of the Sogdian city of Panjikent in modern Tajikistan and seems to be roughly contemporary with it (5th-8th centuries CE).

Michael Shenkar is a senior lecturer in Pre-Islamic Iranian Studies at the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. An archaeologist by training, he is currently the director (together with Dr. Sharof Kurbanov of the Tajik Academy of Sciences) of the Sanjar-Shah Excavations Project (Tajikistan). His research interests include the archaeology, art, and religions of the pre-Islamic Iranian world with a particular focus on religious iconography and the Sogdian civilization.