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Title: The Chronology and Environmental Background of Iron Age Settlement in Southeastern Iran and the Question of The Origin of the Qanat Irrigation System
Author(s): MAGEE, Peter
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 40    Date: 2005   
Pages: 217-231
DOI: 10.2143/IA.40.0.583210

Abstract :
The Iranian Iron Age has been a focus of intense scholarly study for nearly a century. Excavations conducted in western, north-western and southern Iran have stimulated much debate concerning chronology, the effects of Assyrian and Urartian imperialism, and the impact of the Median and Achaemenid Empires. The focus on these areas of Iran derives largely from their connections with historically-attested imperial systems. Southeastern Iran, in contrast, has rarely been the focus of intense scholarly study. In this paper we wish to make some tentative suggestions concerning the chronology of Iron Age settlement in southeastern Iran based on new C14 data from the site of Tepe Yahya. In doing we will highlight the role of qanat technology and provide some regional data that suggests a different trajectory than has previously been argued for the origin and chronology of this irrigation system.

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