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185. Shahr-i Kuhna


Helmand Province. 26 kilometers east of Musa Qal'a on the road to Kajaki, south of the village of Sikandarbad.

Date: Early Islamic, 10th-13th century (ceramic evidence)

Remains of a walled town. The walls are of mud measuring approximately one kilometer square and up to 10 meters high, with traces of towers and salients on the outside. Inside are many mounds and artificial deposits probably several metres deep, with many sherds and baked bricks scattered on the surface. The center is dominated by a roughly square mud citadel mound, apprximately 20 meters high and some 60 meters square. Many canon balls are said to have been found at the site. Local tradition associates the founding of the city with Darius; the site is probably to be identified with Early Islamic Shahr-i Dawar.

 

 

Source: Warwick Ball, Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, 1982, n. 1047


 

Latitude
  32° 21' N
 
  32.350° N
Longitude
  64° 59' E
 

64.983333° E

UTM x
  686637.3268024998
UTM y
  3580960.5441755555
Zone
  41N
   
MGRS
  41SPR8663780960



Shahr-i Kuhna is found at the
above coordinates on JOG map
1501ANI4116_geo.pdf