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Title: The Neolithisation of Fars, Iran
Contributor(s): Weeks, Lloyd  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: Any review of the processes of neolithisation in Fars must acknowledge, in the first instance, the fundamental paucity of data. Ironically, recent excavations that have helped to highlight some of the earliest possible 'Proto-Neolithic' and Aceramic Neolithic sites in the region have only exacerbated this situation, as they suggest millennia of Early Holocene occupation for which we have only the scantiest archaeological evidence. The problems of representativeness are not only chronological, but also geographical: Fars is a huge province, covering in excess of 120,000 square kilometres (i.e. nearly the size of England) and most of the fieldwork in the region and all excavations of Neolithic sites have been undertaken in the north of the province. after more than half a century of field research, we have only the most piecemeal understanding of the rise of Neolithic settlement in highland southwest Iran. Despite these limitations, this paper briefly reviews the more recent developments in our understanding of the earliest Neolithic communities of Fars, and attempts to place them in their wider Iranian context.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Neolithisation of Iran: The Formation of New Societies, p. 97-107
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781782971900
Field of Research (FOR): 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950502 Understanding Asias Past
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Themes from the Ancient Near East BANEA Publication Series
Series Number : 3
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Editor: Editor(s): Roger Matthews, Hassan Fazeli Nashli
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