Ancient Merv

The cities that developed at Merv span the last 2,500 years, and together they form one of the most complex and well-preserved urban centres on the Silk Route of Central Asia. Throughout its occupation, Merv was the capital of vast empires, a trading center, and a military and administrative center. Its importance began to decline as the east-west land-based trade routes were by-passed by the growing sea trade, and eventually the city was sacked by the armies of Genghis Khan.

Field Documentation
September 1, 2007
Central Asian, Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, Sassanian, Ummayad, Abbasid, Tahrid, Samanid, Ghaznavid, Seljuk, Timurid, Mongol
Historical Period
600 BCE - 1400 CE
37° 39' 41" N, 62° 11' 28" E


00:30 / 01:00