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The silk road.Sogdian principality.
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In the 4th-8th centuries, the Sogdians became major dealers in trade operations among Far East, Central Asia and Near East.

Samarkand. The eighth-tenth centuries
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The first decades of Arabian supremacy in Central Asia were not peaceful.

Palace of the Samanids. Afrasiab panels
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The palace of the Samanids (the 9th-10th cc.) was revealed thanks to archaeological excavation at the western part of Afrasiab, between the third and fourth walls.

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At the turn of the 10th-11th centuries, the Samanid state was smashed by armies of Turkic dynasties -Qarakhanids and Ghaznavids.

Samarkand. The fourteenth-twentietn centuries.
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Making Samarkand his capital, Amir Temur defined a concept of its revival as Imperial City.