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By Cameron A. Petrie

The fourth millennium BC was once a serious 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 constructions, and writing platforms. those advancements are indicative of vital adjustments in socio-political buildings which have been interpreted as proof for the increase of early states and the improvement of inter-regional exchange, embedded in longer-term approaches that started within the later 5th millennium BC. Iran was once an incredible participant in western Asia in particular within the medium- to long-range exchange in uncooked fabrics and complete goods all through this era. The 20 papers awarded right here illustrate forcefully how the re-examination of outdated excavation effects, mixed with a lot new examine, has dramatically increased our wisdom and knowing of neighborhood advancements at the Iranian Plateau and of long-range interactions throughout the serious interval of the fourth millennium BC.

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Sites excavated in the early twentieth century have now been re-evaluated, the reassessment of incompletely studied material from sites excavated in the 1960s and 1970s has commenced, and new survey and excavation projects are filling gaps in knowledge and coverage. Taken together, new research in Iran and in several neighbouring countries has dramatically expanded our knowledge and understanding of local developments on the Iranian Plateau and of long-range interactions during the critical period of the fourth millennium BC.

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