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H 290 x W 205 mm

462 pages

155 figures, 95 tables (colour throughout)

Published Mar 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803270586

Digital: 9781803270593

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Iran; Pottery; Ceramics; Craft production; Chalcolithic; Bakun period

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Pottery Making and Communities During the 5th Millennium BCE in Fars Province, Southwestern Iran

By Takehiro Miki

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This book explores pottery making and communities during the Bakun period (c. 5000 – 4000 BCE) in the Kur River Basin, Fars province, southwestern Iran, through the analysis of ceramic materials collected at Tall-e Jari A, Tall-e Gap, and Tall-e Bakun A & B.



Preface ;

Part I: Introduction and raising research questions ;
Chapter 1: Introduction ;

Part II: Reviewing previous studies and presenting theoretical frameworks and methodology ;
Chapter 2: Previous Studies ;
Chapter 3: The theoretical framework for craft-production studies ;
Chapter 4: Methodology ;

Part III: Analyses ;
Chapter 5: Chronological relations of the Bakun-period sites ;
Chapter 6: Materials and analyses of wares, vessel forms, and design structures ;
Chapter 7: Analysis of pottery-making techniques ;

Part IV: Discussion and conclusion ;
Chapter 8: Discussion: reassembling the organisation of pottery production ;
Chapter 9: Conclusion ;

Bibliography ;


About the Author

Takehiro Miki completed his PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2020. He currently works as a project research associate at the University Museum, the University of Tokyo. He has participated in fieldwork projects in Oman, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan. His research focuses on the processes of adopting and developing painted pottery, characteristic of southwest Asia from the fifth to third millennium BCE.


'There is no question that this book introduces in specific a major modern treatment of the Bakun painted pottery, and in general a new and detailed approach in dealing with a totality of pottery production that includes people and other materials in the process.' – Abbas Alizadeh (2023): Journal of Near Eastern Studies