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The development of pottery production, specialisation and standardisation in the Late Neolithic and Transitional Chalcolithic periods in the Central Plateau of Iran

Marghussian, A. and Coningham, R.A.E. and Fazeli, H. (2021) 'The development of pottery production, specialisation and standardisation in the Late Neolithic and Transitional Chalcolithic periods in the Central Plateau of Iran.', Archaeological Research in Asia, 28 . p. 100325.

Abstract

The prehistoric pottery recovered from Sialk, Ebrahimabad and Pardis sites, the Central Plateau of Iran was studied using the XRF, XRD and SEM/EDX analyses, as well as typological classification. These studies showed the occurrence of a gradual evolution in pottery making in each site from the Sialk I type fragile buff pottery of Late Neolithic period to the dense, strong and more impermeable Sialk II type red pottery in the final phase of Transitional Chalcolithic period. The relative similarity of compositions, and the presence of high- temperature minerals demonstrated a high degree of specialisation in the selection of raw materials and control of the firing temperature and atmosphere in the potters of the three sites in the final phase of Transitional Chalcolithic period.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 01 November 2023.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ara.2021.100325
Publisher statement:© 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Date accepted:18 October 2021
Date deposited:27 January 2022
Date of first online publication:01 November 2021
Date first made open access:01 November 2023

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