Ancient Panjikent

It was an honor to be welcomed and stay with the Panjikent excavation team while visiting the ancient Sogdian site. Below are a few photos of the ancient city as it stands today after 70 years of excavations and also the onsite museum housing some of the finds as well as the original large-scale watercolors made of the famous wall paintings.

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the Panjikent dig house
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an open trench on the northern edge of the site with modern Panjikent in the valley below
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a cow grazing by the dig house
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the official site entrance stairs on the southern perimeter. also in view is the resting place of eminent scholar of Sogdian art and archaeology, Dr. Boris I. Marshak and the onsite Panjikent museum
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old excavations in the residential region of ancient Panjikent with the Zeravshan mountains in the background
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the large-scale watercolors of the wall paintings uncovered at Panjikent line the walls of the small Panjikent museum
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the Panjikent museum’s architecture charmingly replicates the interior of a Sogdian reception hall
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