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186. Shahr-i Safa


Zabul Province. 120 km northeast of Kandahar on the road to Kabul. The site is to the east of the road, c. 200 meters northeast of the toll barrier.

Dates:  Bronze Age, 2nd millennium BC;
           Indo-Parthian, 1st-4th century AD;
           pre-Mongol Islamic, 10th-13th century (ceramic).

A very high conical mound circa 35 meters high and 200 x 190 meters in area, with an 11-meter ledge a quarter of the distance from the top. There are two other low inconspicuous mounds to the southwest of the road. North of the road is a large area of mounds, probably representing the remains of a considerable town, with the outline of buildings and streets just discernible from aerial photos.

 

Source: Warwick Ball, Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, 1982, n. 1048
















Latitude
  31°48' N
 
  31.80° N
Longitude
  66°20' E
 

66.333333° E

UTM x
  247533.00046036096
UTM y
  3521364.889604463
Zone
  42N
   
MGRS
  42RTA4753321364



Shahr-i Safa is found at the above
coordinates on JOG map
1501ANH4201_geo.pdf