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Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und Vorderasiatische Archäologie

Ed. by Sallaberger, Walther

Together with Cavigneaux, Antoine / Frame, Grant / Otto, Adelheid / van den Hout, Theo P.J.

2 Issues per year

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Puzur-Inšušinak and the Oxus Civilization (BMAC): Reflections on Šimaški and the geo-political landscape of Iran and Central Asia in the Ur III period

Daniel Potts1


Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie. Volume 98, Issue 2, Pages 165–194, ISSN (Online) 1613-1150, ISSN (Print) 0084-5299, DOI: 10.1515/ZA.2008.010, December 2008

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Two silver vessels – one found near Persepolis in Iran and the other from a grave at Gonur Depe in Turkmenistan – are discussed. Similarities in shape and decoration are highlighted, and a common place of origin is postulated. Three possible areas of origin are examined and the implications of a Central Asian origin are discussed in light of current debates about the historical geography of Iran in the late 3rd millennium B.C.

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