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Archeologists solved age-long controversy on borders of ancient state Bactria

The Southern territories of modern Uzbekistan in III century B.C. were a part of an ancient state Bactria. This conclusion has been drawn by Russian and Uzbekistan archeologists in the course of investigations of Bactria boundary fortress Uzundara, the press office of the Institute of Archeology at Russian Academy of Sciences (IA RAS) reported.
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The specialists from IA RAS and Institute of Art Studies at Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan have in details investigated Uzundara, the first stone Hellenistic citadel built in mountains of Boysun at a height of 1.7 thousand meters above the sea level. Then, they have restored the plan of the fortress and discovered many items that allowed reconstructing the chronologically correct picture of the life of the fort starting from times of Alexander Makedonsky (356−323 B.C.) up to the fall of Graeco-Bactrian in the middle of II century B.C.

«We have obtained a sensational material which allows judging on the organization of the border in Seleucids and Graeco-Bactrian times. This material seals the deal on the controversy on borders of Bactria which was a part of Hellenistic states of East part of Oikumene with the debates being in focus of historians for more than a hundred of years. Our works confirm that the Southern regions of Uzbekistan were a part of this historical-cultural region,» - a research assistant at the Department of Classical Archeology IA RAS Nigora Dvurechenskaya commented.

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