No one knows when Konye-Urgench
was founded. Traces of an ancient settlement were discovered
recently on the territory of present Koneurgench. During
the excavation of a barrow, called Kyrkmolla, contours
of a powerful antique fortress were found, based on earlier
cultural ground with ceramics of 6th - 7th c AD.
"On the Koneurgench territory there are preserved
numerous archaeological and architectural monuments,
presenting considerable scientific and cultural
In 712, Khorezm was overthrown by the Arabs, and Koneurgench
took its Arabic name Dgurdganiya (or Gurgandg). The city
developed, thanks to its advance position on the trade
routes from the south to the north and from the west to
the Volga River, and to the east in Mongolia and China.
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