Several panels of wall-paintings on plaster recently discovered in Afrasiyab (ancient Samarqand) by the French-Uzbek Mission are dated by the author of the second half of the twelfth – early thirteenth centuries, thanks to the discovery of coins and siliceous-paste ceramics.  These elements of chronology allow the author to question the idea formulated by V. V. Bartol’d of a cultural decay of Transoxiana after the fall of the Samanids.

The Redaction
CER: I-4.3-358