1. KorbenDallas

    Where is Samarkand? Is Oxus Civilization a lie?

    A while ago, I wrote an article on the age of the Aral Sea. In the process, I noticed that the city of Samarkand was not properly placed on our contemporary maps. In other words, our contemporary Samarkand is not the same Samarkand from where Tamerlane used to rule over his Timurid Empire. These...
  2. KorbenDallas

    Two Alexander Pillars and Three Gates between Black and Caspian Seas

    I've been eyeballing this region for a while now. Primarily, because I'm trying to figure out a few things pertaining to Alexander the Great. Here is the region we are dealing with. Map And here is what we have on the older maps: Two Alexander pillars Three doors 1535 Source 1548 Source...
  3. KorbenDallas

    The Well of Shama. What was it? Where is it today?

    Wanted to offer a little group investigation into this Well of Shama. The well is mentioned on this 1794 map. Some of the possible questions to answer: What was this well? As in... was it actually a water well? Who made it? Who was Shama? Does it still exist? If it does: What do we call...
  4. KorbenDallas

    How old is the Aral Sea?

    Those who pay attention know that the Aral Sea is almost gone. As a matter of fact is is no longer a sea but a puddle. Multiple irrigation projects related to the diversion of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers are being blamed for this environmental crisis. Technically, this article should...
  5. KorbenDallas

    19th century: Underground City in Turkmenistan and the fake Caspian Sea History

    Some interesting things we can find in the older books. Has anyone ever heard of this huge underground city located in Turkestan (I assume it's today's Turkmenistan) sometime at the end of the 19th century? This could be a made up story, just like with anything else out there, but... who knows...