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    The road from above: remotely sensed discovery of early modern travel infrastructure in Afghanistan

    Franklin, Kathryn and Boak, E. (2019) The road from above: remotely sensed discovery of early modern travel infrastructure in Afghanistan. Archaeological Research in Asia 18 , pp. 40-54. ISSN 2352-2267.

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    Caravanserais or ‘road inns’ were a central aspect of medieval and early modern sociality in Central Asia, as infrastructural investments made by centralized polities to promote long distance exchange, and as locales for providing charitable hospitality. This paper presents data on early modern (16-17th c) caravan networks in Afghanistan, discovered and mapped using satellite imagery and historical data by the Afghan Heritage Mapping Partnership (AHMP) at the University of Chicago. By recording networks of standardized roadside architecture from the Safavid-Mughal period, we generate new information on previously understudied routes of the early modern “Silk Roads.”


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): archaeology of Afghanistan, early modern empires, caravan routes, remote sensing, GIS
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Kate Franklin
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 08:58
    Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 06:29


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