I've been eyeballing this region for a while now. Primarily, because I'm trying to figure out a few things pertaining to Alexander the Great. Here is the region we are dealing with.
And here is what we have on the older maps:
Two Alexander pillars
Wanted to offer a little group investigation into this Well of Shama. The well is mentioned on this 1794 map. Some of the possible questions to answer:
What was this well?
As in... was it actually a water well?
Who made it?
Who was Shama?
Does it still exist?
If it does:
What do we call...
Those who pay attention know that the Aral Sea is almost gone. As a matter of fact is is no longer a sea but a puddle. Multiple irrigation projects related to the diversion of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers are being blamed for this environmental crisis.
Technically, this article should...
Some interesting things we can find in the older books. Has anyone ever heard of this huge underground city located in Turkestan (I assume it's today's Turkmenistan) sometime at the end of the 19th century? This could be a made up story, just like with anything else out there, but... who knows...