Ancient Herat

Research Reports of the
German-Afghan Archaeological Mission to Afghanistan

Herat Citadel & Old City

Excavations and Explorations in Herat City

This book is the second in a series of three volumes presenting the results of the German-Afghan Archaeological Mission to Herat. The Old City Project started in 2005 and concluded in September 2009, when the restored Timurid gateway was handed over to the Afghan government. The work on the citadel was supplemented by explorations in Kuhandaz and minor investigations in the city of Herat proper. It was conducted 2005 and 2008 in collaboration with the Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan (DAFA); the conservation of the gateway was carried out in close cooperation with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

This work unfolded archaeological remains from the 1st millennium BCE to the 19th century. Notwithstanding stratigraphic gaps in the cultural sequence substantial evidence on the material culture and chronological developments through these 2500 years was obtained. For the first time, Iron Age and Achaemenid settlement traces were discovered as well as objects from the 10th-15th century, a Timurid gateway to the citadel and 16th-19th century remains, opening new perspectives on Ancient Herat and its urban topography.


Ute Franke and Thomas Urban
with contributions by Warwick Ball, Benjamin Mutin, Cécile Buquet-Marcon, Stephanie Langer (†),
Roland Besenval (†), Nader Rassuli and Ajmal Ayomuddin
784 pages, 31 x 22 cm, hardcover
more than 7000 illustrations in colour
Berlin 2017
ISBN 978-3-00-051937-6

Herat Province Survey (Vol. 1)

Documentation of Archaeological Sites
and Monuments
in Herat Province

Ute Franke and Thomas Urban

2018, in preparation

Herat Citadel & Old City (Vol. 2)

Excavations and Explorations
in Herat City

Ute Franke and Thomas Urban

Berlin 2017

Herat Through Time (Vol. 3)

The Collection of the
Herat Museum and Archive

edited by Ute Franke
and Martina Müller-Wiener

Berlin 2016

Lost and Found

Prehistoric Pottery Treasures
from Baluchistan

edited by Ute Franke
and Elisa Cortesi

Berlin 2015