Or is it ‘proto-urbane’ ?

Posted by on February 18, 2013

Central Asia is old. Old like “cradle of civilizations” old. Of all the old, though, the proto-urban site of Sarazm is perhaps the first of them all.

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Covered excavation at the Sarazm site.

Estimates suggest that Sarazm was settled over six THOUSAND years ago. You know what North America looked like then? A big forest. Sarazm is, rightfully, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In fact, its the only UNESCO site in Tajikistan (which is also mind-boggling, but in a different sort of way).

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Fields of Sarazm.

Displays on site document the history and development of the Sarazm site, its importance as a metallurgic-export center, and some of the artifacts collected on site.

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…other fields of Sarazm.

Though the site isn’t terribly large (and doesn’t take all that long to explore), the surrounding village is also worth a wander through.

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Prepping crops in rural Tajikistan.

As always in Central Asia, be prepared to make friends.

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