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Gonur Depe, Mary

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  • This ancient city dates from before Christ. Archeology did not start here until the 1970s. Little of the city is restored, only walls have been stabilized is some areas. Ancient kilns and ovens can...  more »
  • The Gonur Depe site predates the better known Merv site by about 1000 years. It was a thriving city between 2200BC-1700BC, but was eventually abandoned as the Murgab river shifted south. The site...  more »
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  • It took a couple of hours to get here from Mary, road conditions were bad. No much to see and it's an UNESCO site, our tour guide brought his English book with him and showed us some of the recreated pictures what they should look like. They should have put some pictures on-site for the visitors to see.
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  • Arriving at Gonur Depe we can admire the remains of a suggestive city in the middle of the desert near Mary which was on the way from Tehran, Iran to Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Discovered by the "archaeologist" Victor Sirianidi who, with methods not really orthodox, began to light the ancient ruins of this city.
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