Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours: Local Developments and by Cameron A. Petrie

By Cameron A. Petrie

The fourth millennium BC was once a severe interval of socio-economic and political transformation within the Iranian Plateau and its surrounding zones. this era witnessed the looks of the world’s earliest city centres, hierarchical administrative constructions, and writing platforms. those advancements are indicative of important adjustments in socio-political buildings which were interpreted as facts for the increase of early states and the improvement of inter-regional alternate, embedded in longer-term procedures that begun within the later 5th millennium BC. Iran was once an incredible participant in western Asia in particular within the medium- to long-range exchange in uncooked fabrics and accomplished goods all through this era. The 20 papers offered the following illustrate forcefully how the re-examination of previous excavation effects, mixed with a lot new study, has dramatically improved our wisdom and knowing of neighborhood advancements at the Iranian Plateau and of long-range interactions throughout the serious interval of the fourth millennium BC.

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Com Cover images: Front: image of the southern part of the Iranian Plateau and its neighbouring regions in winter. Back: image of the northern part of the Iranian Plateau and its neighbouring regions in winter. gov/Features/BlueMarble/ Images prepared by C. A. Petrie A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library Printed and bound in Great Britain by Short Run Press, Exeter CONTENTS Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours: the state of play.

Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours: the state of play. Environment, ecology, landscape, and subsistence 2. Mid-Holocene environmental and climatic change in Iran 3. Population and settlement trends in south-west Iran and neighbouring areas Sites and regions 4. A bridge between worlds: south-western Iran during the fourth millennium BC 5. Interpreting the role of Godin Tepe in the “Uruk expansion” 6. Some thoughts on the mode of culture change in the fourth-millennium BC Iranian highlands 7. The Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age in the Qazvin and Tehran Plains: a chronological perspective 8.

If so, it probably skirted the Hindu Kush and Kopet Dag piedmont before crossing the Kopet Dag or the Alborz, and proceeded along the southern side of the Alborz along the edge of the Central Plateau and thence through one of the passes in the Zagros to Mesopotamia. All possible routes across the plateau necessitate at least skirting the edge of the Central Plateau, followed by passage across one of the many passes of the Zagros Mountains and into the lowlands, thus linking many of the geographically distinct regions that lie in different parts of the plateau (Fig.

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