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12515Re: The World of Achaemenid Persia

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  • Trudy Kawami
    May 28 9:15 AM
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      A number of political factors can influence the amount of modern
      information we have from an area. Extensive post-WW II archaeological
      work in Turkey, Iraq & Iran was facilitated by positive relations
      between the governments of those countries and European & American
      governments. The Soviet Union actively discouraged non-soviet research
      in Central Asia. Thus we have lots of information from some regions &
      virtually none from others. In addition there were border regions that
      none of the countries wanted "explored" for any reason. The fall of the
      Soviet Union opened up Central Asia & its Alexander-conquered (or
      visited) regions. But before long the turmoil in Afghanistan, the
      post-9/11 security concerns, and the Great Recession have all effected
      the extent of research & publication.

      In addition, "Alexander's Asia" was rich because it was a trans-shipment
      juncture between Han China, South Asia & the West (whatever that can
      mean). It was not necessarily a production center. No one questions the
      reality of the Silk Route, but there is no roadsign saying "Xinjiang
      Next Exit." Not all cultures were sedentary & urban & Mesopotamia is
      not a model that fits all.

      Trudy Kawami



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      Clark Whelton
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      To: ANE2
      Subject: RE: [ANE-2] Re: The World of Achaemenid Persia: History, Art
      and Society in Iran and the Ancient Near East





      Liz Fried wrote:
      >>>>>>>>>I don't know what you consider to be "material evidence."

      Evidence of material culture, such as pottery, weapons, graves, grave
      goods, temples, cultic objects, foundation stones, roads, palaces,
      gates, commercial infrastructure, etc.

      It must have been a very rich prize that lured Alexander so far east. I
      ask about material culture because I find it hard to accept that there
      is so little evidence of the people who lived and worked in the Persian
      satrapy along the Indus. Now I'm wondering what we know about the
      material culture of Bactria.

      Clark Whelton
      New York




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