A new study challenges the long-held view that the destruction of Central Asia’s medieval river civilizations was a direct result of the Mongol invasion in the early 13th century.
When Ruy González de Clavijo travelled to Samarkand in the early 15th century, he would experience a wonderful new world of foods.
Genome-wide analysis spanning 6,000 years in the Eurasian Steppe gives insights to the formation of Mongolia’s empires.
The British government will be returning rate medieval tiles – dating to the 13th or 14th century – which had been smuggled out of Uzbekistan.
It is rare for archaeologists to come across the remains of a buried cat – to find one along the medieval Silk Road is even rarer.
‘The Northern Line’ spans 737 km across the Mongolian Steppe, home of nomadic tribes. It was built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD.
How did the armies of the Abbasid Caliphate and the Tang Dynasty, two empires that were worlds apart, meet in Central Asia?
Radiocarbon dating (ca 1000–1100 AD) placed this cemetery in the High Medieval period and was likely associated with the nearby tepa.
The largest water management feature in Khmer history was built in the 10th century as part of a short-lived medieval capital in northern Cambodia to store water but the system failed in its first year of operation, possibly leading to the return of the capital to Angkor.
In the tenth century Alp Tegin would find himself serving as a slave soldier for one empire. He would rise through the ranks, and get to the heights of political power. When his fortunes turned, he would embark on a campaign to create his own empire.
These empires attempted to take advantage of the newly shaped situation arising after such great movements strategically, each in their own interest. How did they achieve their goals and what problems were they confronted with?
The emir Ahmad ibn Ismail was assassinated in the year 914. This is the story of why he was killed and the power struggle that took place in the aftermath of his death.
Looking at the development of empires, kingdoms and states in Southeast Asia during the Middle Ages. Here are seven videos that explain the changing borders.
This presentation aims to arouse curiosity and questions about Singapore’s history by providing an overview of early Singapore’s connections with the region and beyond.
This paper will briefly discuss the nature of the Mongol armies and some of their successes before exploring their shortcomings in a select number of regions
One of the medieval towers in the Afghan city of Ghazni has collapsed, with video footage showing its dramatic fall.
Australian archaeologists have discovered 15 new sites in Laos containing more than one hundred 1000-year-old massive stone jars possibly used for the dead.
It has long been believed that the medieval Cambodian city of Angkor had an abrupt collapse. Researchers from the University of Sydney believe that it underwent a gradual decline.
They were scouts, raiders, skirmishers, heavy cavalry, and shock cavalry all in one; and could operate as infantry as well if the need arose.
Reads William of Rubruck’s mission to Asia as an instance of premodern ethnographic representation and the shape of the precolonial European ethnographic gaze upon Asia.
As Yaqub ibn Layth gained power and followers, his ambitions grew, ultimately leading to a confrontation with the Abbasid Caliphate.
During the ninth century a simple craftsmen would take up arms, hoping to put an end to the warfare and violence plaguing his corner of the world. In the first part of the story of Saffarid Dynasty, Adam Ali tells the story of coppersmith who would form an empire and challenge the rulers of Baghdad.
Ecological data reveals urban populations lasted long after royal abandonment of the Khmer city in the 10th century.
Centuries ago, a ship sank in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia. The wooden hull disintegrated over time, leaving only a treasure trove of cargo.