Ancient Herat

Research Reports of the
German-Afghan Archaeological Mission to Afghanistan

Herat Province Survey

Documentation of Archaeological Sites and Monuments in Herat Province

This book presents the results obtained during archaeological surveys carried out by German-Afghan Archaeological Mission in Herat Province between 2004 and 2007. In 13 districts 355 sites and monuments dating from the 3rd millennium BCE to the recent past were documented. The ground survey data are supplemented by published information and satellite as well as aerial image evaluations.

In an introductory part, the methodology, the natural environment and different types of sites and monuments are discussed. The site catalogue provides brief introductions to each district with several maps, images and site descriptions with photographs, drawings and the finds. The book concludes with an analysis of the geographic and chronological distribution of sites and monuments and evaluates the results in a wider cultural context, opening new perspectives on Herat’s hinterland.


Ute Franke and Thomas Urban
in collaboration with Stephanie Langer (†), Daniel Knitter,
Claus-Peter Haase, Nader Rassuli,
Ahad Abbasi and Ajmal Ayomuddin

2018, in preparation

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