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Title: The Second Season of Excavations at Tepe Rahmat Abad, Southern Iran
Subtitle: The Absolute and Relative Chronology
Author(s): AZIZI KHARANAGHI, Hossein , FAZELI NASHLI, Hassan , NISHIAKI, Yoshihiro
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 51 Date: 2014
Fars province has full potential for those wishing to study the long term cultural developments from the Neolithic to the Chalcolithic in the land of Iran. Recent extensive excavations and surveys in the region have provided key information as to when such cultural transformation occurred, although much of the detail remains to be further elucidated. The second season of archaeological excavation at Rahmat Abad was carried out in 2009 with the main objective of refining the absolute and relative chronological sequence of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic occupations. As a result, Tepe Rahmat Abad yielded the first evidence for Pre-Pottery Neolithic occupations in the Fars province and therefore provided critical new insights into the spread of the Neolithic across the southern Zagros. In addition, the excavations revealed a long cultural sequence within the 9 m-deep cultural deposits, ranging from 1) the Islamic Qajar period (nineteenth century AD), 2) Achaemenian (fifth century BC), 3) Early-Middle Bakun (early to mid-fifth millennium BC), and 4) Pottery Neolithic (late seventh millennium BC) to 5) Pre-Pottery Neolithic (late eighth to early seventh millennium BC).