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Here is the third of the less visited sites that we visited in the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan in the west of Uzbekistan. This time one other TE member has posted a photo quite a few years ago.
This is Ayaz Kala (also spelt Ayaz Qala) a group of 3 forts constructed with mud on raised land on the edge of the Kyzylkum Desert. Depending on what you read it dates from either the 2nd century or over the 4th to 7th century. The purpose was to defend against marauding nomads.
The complex lay abandoned for about 1300 years until rediscovered in 1940. The main access is by that track that you can see.
In the workshop is a less cropped version showing old carts in the foreground. In that photo you can see that there is actually a bitumen road leading to it.

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