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Title: The Material Culture of Tepe Nush-I Jan and the End of the Iron Age III Period in Western Iran
Author(s): CURTIS, John
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 40    Date: 2005   
Pages: 233-248
DOI: 10.2143/IA.40.0.583211

Abstract :
In this paper I shall be dealing mainly with the material culture of Tepe Nush-i Jan, the important site about 60 km south of Hamadan excavated by Professor David Stronach in five seasons between 1967 and 1977. The principal occupation of Nush-i Jan was during the Iron III period, but exactly when that occupation started and when it finished are not yet securely established. Nush-i Jan is usually regarded as “Median”, whatever that may mean exactly, alongside Godin Tepe, perhaps Baba Jan, and now Tepe Ozbaki, about 75 km north-west of Tehran, excavated by Dr Yousseff Majidzadeh. I shall not be comparing the material culture of Nush-i Jan specifically with these other sites, however, but looking at the material culture in a wider West Iranian context. Neither will I be looking at the pottery in great detail, but concentrating on the small finds. I should explain at the outset that when I originally offered this paper, I had expected that the volume of the final report dealing with the Medianperiod architecture and archaeology (but not the pottery) would be published by now, but there has unfortunately been a slight delay. In the meantime I have not read the manuscript, as it would obviously be unfair to the authors for me to have privileged access to the manuscript and then comment on it before publication. So any conclusions presented here are my own, and they may have to be revised when the volume is published.

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