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Title: Pots and Peoples - Once Again
Subtitle: The Goblets from the Bronze Age Settlement at Tepe Guran, Luristan
Author(s): THRANE, Henrik
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 34 Date: 1999
In Iranian archaeology the study of remarkable pottery traditions has for generations been coupled with attempts at their identification with ethnic and cultural entities. Considering the geography of the region it is hardly surprising that peoples have moved into or through it repeatedly and left material remains which now baffle us. The article concerns one particular occupation layer (layer P) at Tepe Guran, a small mound with an important sequence of Neolithic settlement deposits and a mixture of graves and settlement layers from the Bronze and early Iron Ages. Layer P distinguishes itself from the preceding and succeeding layers by its pottery. The author presents the first part of an attempt to solve the enigma of Layer P. This involves a normal archaeological analysis of typological elements and contexts. The second part of this attempt will lean heavily on scientific analysis of clay, but will have to await a later opportunity as quite a lot of comparative material is needed.