Nairi Lands: The Identity of the Local Communities of Eastern Anatolia, South Caucasus and Periphery During the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age. A Reassessment of the Material Culture and the Socio-Economic Landscape [Hardback]

Guido Guarducci(Author)

ISBN: 9781789252781 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 272p, H11.69 x W8.3, b/w and color
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Nairi Lands


This study analyses the social and symbolic value of the material culture, in particular the pottery production and the architecture, and the social structure of the local communities of a broad area encompassing Eastern Anatolia, the South Caucasus and North-western Iran during the last phase of the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age. This broad area is known from the Assyrian texts as ‘Nairi lands’. The second part of the study, furnishes a reassessment of pottery production characteristics and theories, as well as of the socio-economic structure and issues, tied to the sedentary and mobile local communities of the Nairi lands.

The study brings into focus the characteristics, the extension and the distribution of Grooved pottery, along with other pottery typologies, by providing an accompanying online catalogue with detailed descriptions and high-resolution images of the pots and sherds obtained from public and private institutions in Turkey and Armenia. Moreover, the socio-political organization and subsistence economy issues are addressed in order to advance a possible reconstruction of the social structure of the Nairi lands communities. Particular attention is devoted to the pastoral nomad component and the role played within the Nairi phenomenon. The study includes a very large corpus of text images and high-resolution color images of the pottery of the area under examination, gathered by the author in order to offer a reliable tool and compendium.

Table of Contents

Volume 1
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i) Introduction
1. Research Introduction

ii) Theoretical Framework
2. Identity, Ethnicity and Culture
3. The Concept of Community

iii) Geographical and Historical Framework
4. An Environmental Survey of The Nairi Lands
5. The Late Bronze – Early Iron Age Historical Framework
6. The Anatolian Geopolitical Landscape According to The Assyrian Texts

iv) The Nairi Lands Core: The Archaeological Evidence from Eastern Anatolia
7. Archaeological Evidence

v) The Nairi Lands Periphery: The Archaeological Evidence from The South Caucasus
8. Archaeological Evidence

vi) The Nairi Lands Outer Periphery: The Archaeological Evidence from North-Western Iran And Secondary Connections
9. Archaeological Evidence

vii) Reassessment of the Nairi Lands Material Culture and Socio-Economic Landscape
10. Nairi Ware: The Nairi Lands Pottery Productions
11. The Nairi Lands Socio-Economic Landscape: Between Mobile and Sedentary Lifestyle

viii) Final Considerations
12. The Nairi Lands Communities’ Identity

Bibliographical References
Pottery Sherds Analyses
(By Vincenzo Palleschi, Marco Lezzerini, Stefano Pagnotta, Gianni Gallello, Emanuela
Grifoni, Stefano Legnaioli, Giulia Lorenzetti, Giusi Sorrentino)

Volume 2 (online only)
Nairi Lands Contexts and Architecture

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