CHRISTIAN OSSUARY, SAMARKAND, 7TH-9TH CENTURY. PHOTO: KEN PARRY – TAASA Review December 2013
has been used almost exclusively for the Arabic-speaking Greek Catholics of the Middle East. Among the artefacts relating to early Christianity in Uzbekistan are several ossuaries inscribed with crosses found in the region of Samarkand, as well as crossinscribed tiles from the site of a monastery at Urgut, near Samarkand.
Several Syriac inscriptions have been located in a gorge not far from the monastery site.
These remains are dated from the 7th to 9th centuries and are thought to belong to the Church of the East...