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Title: The Archaeology of the Median Period
Subtitle: An Outline and a Research Perspective
Author(s): GENITO, Bruno
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 40    Date: 2005   
Pages: 315-340
DOI: 10.2143/IA.40.0.583214

Abstract :
Different approaches and viewpoints have been used by scholars, dealing both with the archaeological cultures of the early and dynastic Iran. These two grounds have for long time been strongly remained separated inside the limits of their reciprocal traditional scientific domain and even when compared each other, they never give the same answers to the same questions. The problems related to the archaeology of early Iran has been “pour cause” related to the Indo-European movement and the consequent Iranian arrival into the Plateau, and for that to the general aspects of the prehistoric and linguistic approach to the matter. This long and debated question had different approaches, according to the differing field and area of specialisation: more theoretical and epistemological those of Renfrew (1987) and Mallory (1989) and more related to the Iranian (Harmatta, 1981) or Indian (Erdosy, 1995a; 1995b) perspective.

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