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By Cameron A. Petrie

The fourth millennium BC was once a severe interval of socio-economic and political transformation within the Iranian Plateau and its surrounding zones. this era witnessed the looks of the world's earliest city centres, hierarchical administrative buildings, and writing platforms. those advancements are indicative of vital alterations in socio-political buildings which have been interpreted as facts for the increase of early states and the improvement of inter-regional exchange, embedded in longer-term procedures that all started within the later 5th millennium BC. Iran used to be a big participant in western Asia in particular within the medium- to long-range alternate in uncooked fabrics and entire goods all through this era. The 20 papers offered the following illustrate forcefully how the second look of previous excavation effects, mixed with a lot new study, has dramatically improved our wisdom and realizing of neighborhood advancements at the Iranian Plateau and of long-range interactions in the course of the serious interval of the fourth millennium BC.

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Mahtoutabad I (Konar Sandal South, Jiroft): preliminary evidence of occupation of a Halil Rud site in the early fourth millennium BC 14. Ceramic traditions and interactions on the south-eastern Iranian Plateau during the fourth millennium BC Technologies of craft and administration 15. Iranian metallurgy of the fourth millennium BC in its wider technological and cultural contexts 16. Imagery in administrative context: Susiana and the west in the fourth millennium BC 17. The power of writing: administrative activity at Godin Tepe, central Zagros, in the later fourth millennium BC 18.

It JACOB L. de VANESSA M. A. de DANIEL T. edu MITCHELL S. com LORA STEVENS Department of Geological Sciences California State University Long Beach, CA, USA CHRISTOPHER P. uk HENRY, T. edu ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This volume is the product of a group effort by a collection of committed colleagues, and the helpful assistance of some key allies and critical friends. As is discussed in more detail in the introduction, this volume developed out of the papers given at a workshop on Iran in the fourth millennium BC that was held in Cambridge in June 2009.

In Susiana, in lowland south-west Iran, there is evidence of the widespread adoption of Mesopotamian-style material culture, and also ultimately administrative practices, during the Susa II period, which spans much of the fourth millennium BC. Algaze (1993; 2005b: 16) argued that this evidence was indicative of a deliberate colonisation of Susiana by people from Mesopotamia for the purpose of acquiring and holding land, effectively making it an eastern extension of the Mesopotamian alluvium (Algaze 1993; 2005b: 113; also Amiet 1979).

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