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date: 25 August 2019

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Divided topographically into the Pish-e Kuh and Pusht-e Kuh, Luristan boasts a large number of Bronze Age settlements and cemeteries that have been investigated intermittently since the nineteenth century. Major excavations at Godin Tepe have helped to establish a ceramic chronology for the region, while typological variation characterizes the many valleys that are separated from each other by high mountain ranges. Links to the Mesopotamian lowlands are obvious in some of the funerary assemblages, suggesting that travel along the major east-west routes leading into the Jabal Hamrin and Diyala regions to the west was fairly constant. Recently discovered tin sources highlight the region’s contribution to the development of bronze metallurgy in the third millennium BC.

Keywords: Luristan, Pish-e Kuh, Pusht-e Kuh, Louis Vanden Berghe, Erich Schmidt, Godin Tepe, tin, metallurgy

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