This book offers a new history of the ancient city of Rayy. Based on the results of the latest excavations and surveys, and on the study of historical and geographical texts, the complete occupation sequence of the city comes to light, from its foundation in the Iron Age and the Parthian reconstructions (2nd to 1st centuries BC), up to the Mongol invasions and rapid depopulation in the 13th century CE,
Rocco Rante, Ph. D. (Aix en Provence, 2009), Aix Marseille Universite, is an archaeologist at the Musee du Louvre and the director of the Archaeological Mission of the Bukhara Oasis in Central Asia. A specialist on the Khorasan region, he has published Nishapur Revisited with Annabelle Collinet, (Oxford 2013).
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PREFACE BY RENATA HOLOD TRANSLITERATION SYSTEM LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS INTRODUCTION 1. GEOGRAPHICAL SETTING 2. HISTORICAL SETTING Pre-Islamic era Islamic era The first conquest of Rayy and the first caliphs The Umayyad period The Ê¿Abbasid period The Samanid period The Buyid period The Gaznawid period The Salguq period The Mongol invasion 3. PREVIOUS WORKS AT RAYY Plans of Rayy in the 19th century Pascal Coste's Plan of Rayy Pascal Coste's Views of Rayy (1840) Eastern elevation (folio 62bis) Western elevation (folio 63) Previous Archaeological Works at Rayy 4. TOPOGRAPHY OF RAYY Topography of Rayy The Citadel The Sahrestan Rayy Today: Between Modern Urbanisation and Preservation of the Site 5. EXCAVATIONS AT RAYY The sahrestan Rampart Test T1 Tests T3 and T4 Test T2: sahrestan The Mosque Citadel Excavation (in Collaboration with Ghadir Afround) The West Fortress The East Fortress 6. THE CERAMICS OF THE EXCAVATION (2006-2007) Analysis of the Ceramics Description of the fabrics Chronological Study of the Ceramics: Synthesis and Interpretation 7. URBAN DEVELOPMENT The Urban Framework at the Origins of Rayy Urban Development during the Parthian Period Urban Development during the Sasanian Period Urban Development in the Islamic Period A glimpse of the urban development of some major Iranian cities CONCLUSION APPENDIX BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX