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The Metropolitan Museum's Archaeological Excavations

The Museum's team worked at Nishapur between 1935 and 1940 and returned for a final season in the winter of 1947–48. The most significant finds came from two areas, Sabz Pushan and Tepe Madrasa. In the residential neighborhood of Sabz Pushan, the houses were connected to each other by narrow alleys and had three to four rooms each. Excavated materials from the houses included stucco wall panels, ceramic and metal household goods, cosmetic containers, glass vessels, beads and other items of personal adornment, gaming pieces, and coins (figs. 37, 38). Although archaeologists excavated only a small fraction of the city, their work gives us a sense of its architecture. The everyday objects found in Nishapur provide a glimpse into the daily lives of its inhabitants during the tenth through twelfth centuries.

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