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date: 18 August 2019

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Less intensively investigated than other parts of the country, northeastern Iran nevertheless boasts important Bronze Age sites including Tepe Hissar and Tureng Tepe. Divided physically from Turkmenistan to the north by the Kopet Dagh mountain range, northeastern Iran nevertheless displays evidence of links with that region in the millennium leading up to the appearance of mature Bronze Age assemblages and again toward the end of the third millennium BC, when contacts with the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex (BMAC) become clear at Tepe Hissar and Shah Tepe. The notion of northeastern Iran as a frontier zone is explored.

Keywords: Tepe Hissar, Turen Gepe, Shah Tepe, Turkmenistan, Kopet Dagh, BMAC

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