Forskergruppen for antikk, middelalder­ og tidlig moderne tid

Administration, law and urban organization in the Late Antique and Early Medieval period

Mr. Alisher Begmatov of the University of Kyoto has in recent years conducted excavations of the ancient royal residence of Kafir-kala, near Samarkand in Uzbekistan. He will present his research related to the structure of the Sogdian kingdom. This is complemented by presentations by members of the research group at Bergen on similar topics from the Tarim Basin, Egypt and Rome.



Alisher Begmatov - Recent archaeological finds from the site of Kafir-kala in the vicinity of Samarkand and their significance. 

Along with various artifacts, approximately 700 pieces of sealings and over 200 pre-Islamic and Islamic coins were unearthed in the citadel of Kafir-kala. The site is situated about 12 km south of Samarkand city, Uzbekistan. At the moment, it is identified as the residence of kings of Samarkand, known as Rewdat from the early Arabic sources. The presentation will mainly focus on the newly unearthed sealings and coins, as well as wood carvings discovered just a month ago.

Simon Malmberg - Fractured Space: Omission and Distortion in Late-Antique Catalogues of Rome


Håkon Fiane - Roman municipal government in an Egyptian Oasis


Tomas Høisæter – Secure Transactions: The Contracts from 3rd and 4th century Cadota (Niya)


Alisher Begmatov - Socio-economic aspects of Sogdiana as seen in the documents from Mount Mugh.

The Mugh documents were discovered in the early 1930s from the castle of Divashtich, one of the last Sogdian kings. The castle, known as Abgar from Arabic sources, is located in the upper Zarafshan valley, in Tajikistan. These documents represent valuable information about socio-economic and political situation of Sogdiana during the Arab invasion of the region. In this presentation, I will focus on social, and especially economic condition of the region.