It is located at the edges of a 30 km-long escarpment, on the southern tip of the Ustyurt Plateau.
The site appears to have been settled around 4th century BCE. It corresponds to the medieval settlement of Vazir; in 1558, English traveler Anthony Jenkinson had visited the town and spoken favorably of the local melon produce. Jenkinson already noted the rivers to be drying and Vazir would be abandoned soon.
The sides of the city facing the plateau are walled. Within the city, lie the ruins of three mausolea —dating to 15th century— and a mosque. A citadel with corrugated walls overlooks the escarpment.
The site was a tourism mainstay till c. 2003, when Turkmen Army started prohibiting visitors on the ground that the access-road passed through Uzbek territory.
- The name is also transliterated as Davkesen, Devkesen, Devkesken, Devkisken etc.
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