362 new records were published on Archnet.org in May 2020, including records and images of 3 structures in the ruins of a Ghaznavid palatial complex, Lashkiri Bazar, north of Bust, Afghanistan; and photographs of an 18th c. house, Bayt Boghose Kirdikian in Aleppo, Syria. Also newly published, Volumes 30-33 of Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World; and video from interviews with prolific Iraqi architect Hisham Munir, “Conversations at the Shahi Qila,” and a flyover video of City Park and the Jamatkhana in Khorog, Tajikistan.
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