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Title: Small things forgotten?
Subtitle: Continuity amidst change at Godin Tepe
Author(s): EDENS, Christopher
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 37 Date: 2002
The explosion of archaeological research in Iran that ended abruptly in 1978-9 produced a wealth of information that redefined understanding of the historical dynamics of the ancient Near East. Carl Lamberg-Karlovsky was an active participant in that research explosion, yet the scope of his vision ranged far beyond Tepe Yahya and Iran. In his contributions to thinking about 4th and 3rd millennium problems he also encompassed Mesopotamia to the west, Central Asia and the Indus to the south, among other work investigating the structures and history of the longue durée of interregional interactions from the mid-fourth through early second millennium BC. Following the 1970s, and accentuated by the events of 1990-1 that were so disastrous to Iraq, the focus of Near Eastern research shifted to Syria and eastern Turkey. This new cycle of research is again producing results that redefine understanding of the ancient Near East, but many of the problems are the same ones raised in Iran now viewed from a western rather than eastern perspective. With the flood of new information from the west threatening to submerge the eastern perspective, it is useful to revisit Iranian data in light of the newer results.