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Summary

Sheikh-e Abad Hill

Class:

  • Rural settlement
  • visible
  • Location ┬▒ 0-5 m.
(see also PELAGIOS)

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Annotation

The importance of these sites lies in their early date and long occupation spanning c. 9800-7600 cal BC, and in their location on the most important route-way through the Zagros, later the Silk Road.

The Zagros mountain region and 'hilly flanks' are of major importance to the study of early sedentism and the origins of agriculture, as a heartland of wild animals and plants that were later domesticated. Research here in the 1950-60s was seminal in developing theories on the Neolithic transformation (Braidwood 1961). Principal among these was a proposed 'broad-spectrum revolution' in use of plant and animal resources (Flannery 1969).

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