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The aim of the excavations at Tilla Bulak is the analysis of a Late Bronze Age settlement under functional aspects.

While we are very well informed about the burial customs of the Sapalli Culture, our knowledge of the settlements’ organization and
patterns of use of architectural units is insufficient. The excavation of a representative part of one settlement should help in clarifying many of
our questions.

Tilla Bulak is among the smaller settlements of the Middle Asian Late Bronze Age, giving us the possibility to approach this question with 
a reasonable amount of expenditure.
At the same time, we will try to reconstruct the local Late Bronze Age settlement system through a survey within the plain of Pashkurt.
Whereas the Surkhandarya plain, the Sapalli Culture’s core region, underwent severe remodeling of the landscape through intensive
cotton cultivation during the last decades, the Pashkhurt
landscape has remained fairly unaltered through human agency, offering us good
chances for obtaining a coherent picture.