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Block 1

Description of Remains

Just inside the Northern Gateway, the visitor encounters Block 1. Marshall describes these buildings as “compris[ing] a number of small poor-class dwellings built in haphazard fashion . . . [they are] fragmentary patches of irregular and loose type rubble masonry [which] belong to the top stratum . . . [and this] is probably to be referred to early Kushan times, although it might be later still." [1]


Ibid., p. 142.

While the buildings are quite unremarkable, their location, directly in front of the Northern Gateway are puzzling. That is, the Northern Gateway does not open out onto Main Street, but is off-center, and as Marshall’s site map shows, open out directly into these poorly constructed, haphazardly planned buildings.