The Proto-Elamite Settlement and Its Neighbors: Tepe Yaya Period IVC [Hardback]

Benjamin Mutin (Author); C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781782974192 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: American School of Prehistoric Research Monograph | Year of Publication: 2014 | Language: English 350p,

The Proto-Elamite Settlement and Its Neighbors


The site of Tepe Yahya in southeastern Iran is famous, among other important aspects, for the Proto-Elamite complex dated to around 3000 BC (Period IVC). The material culture of Period IVC is not exclusively limited to its Proto-Elamite component, but is also characterized by the presence of elements from other Middle-Asian cultural ceramic traditions. In addition to a synthesis of the Proto-Elamite period and the material assemblage at Tepe Yahya, The Proto-Elamite Settlement and Its Neighbors provides an updated review and comprehensive discussion of the Proto-Elamite sphere, its relations to Mesopotamia, and its eastern Middle Asian neighbors. This innovative book illustrates that the “multi-cultural” situation at Tepe Yahya Period IVC was present across many sites in Middle Asia and that, in addition to the Proto-Elamite sphere and the cities of Mesopotamia, Middle Asia around 3000 BC was incorporated within an interactive “multi-players” network of polities.

Benjamin Mutin, Author, is a Research Fellow for the American School of Prehistoric Research, Harvard University. He is an archaeologist who specializes in Middle Asian proto-history and who has worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, and Oman. He holds a Ph.D. in Prehistory, Anthropology, and Ethnology from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, General Editor, and Project Director for Tepe Yahya, is the Stephen Phillips Professor of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Peabody Museum (Director 1977–1990).

Table of Contents


List of Contributors
List of Image Credits
List of Tables
List of Graphs
List of Figures


1: Geographical and chrono-cultural contexts, Problematic, and Approach

2: Archaeological context of Period IVC:

3: The ceramics

4: The small finds

5: The tablets and glyptic art

6: Radiocarbon dates

7: Distribution of the ceramic traditions: Settlement on the southeastern Iranian plateau

8: Conclusions and interpretations

List of References
Tables and Graphs

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