“The Silk Road: Unpeeling the Layers of History” Lraleigh’s photos around Samarkand, Uzbekistan


A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Samarkand, Uzbekistan by TravelPod blogger Lraleigh titled “The Silk Road: Unpeeling the Layers of History”. TravelPod is a company of TripAdvisor™. Lraleigh’s travel blog entry: “The settlement history of Samarkand is thick, layers thick. Over the years, earthen accretion, erosion, and sieges have covered and destroyed preceeding layers. But each layer tells a story that is a piece of the Silk Road legend called Samarkand. Samarkand is located on the strategic Zeravshan River in between the larger Central Asian rivers of Amu and Syr, all of whom flow from the Celestial Mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Pamirs of Tajikistan. These fertile river valleys are not unlike those of the Nile or Tigris and Euphrates, in that they are surrounded by desert, making them corridors for human travel and agriculture. It’s hard to visit Samarkand without delving into history, from the Afrosiab murals and old city palace to the monuments of Tamerlane. So let’s dig in to the layers–this is what I unearthed while walking around Samarkand’s sites. Stone Age artefacts are the clues to the puzzle of the first layer. Genetic studies are perhaps another. What has been uncovered suggests that 100000 years ago, the oases, springs, and river valleys in Central Asia were home to prehistoric man, who arrived from parts of northern Africa before heading further north, east, and south. According to this version of Uzbek history, it is the focal point for