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Shared Ritual Ideologies: Long Spouted Vessels on the Iranian Plateau in the Third and Second Millennium BCE

Author(s): Amy Cromartie

Year: 2015

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Interactions between Mesopotamia, Iran, and Central Asia during the third and second millennium BCE are well documented with much written on this topic. I will expand on this scholarship by tracing long spouted Iranian vessels across these regions to investigate possible shared ideologies. These vessels are often associated with Iron Age context in northern Iran, but this characteristic trough spout has been present on vessels on the plateau since at least the 4th millennium BCE. This unique design forces the user to confront the vessel’s shape making it an ideal object for transmission of cultural ideas. Depictions in cylinder seals and figural art suggest a possible ritualistic function and grave analysis suggest their inclusion in a ritual set. For this poster, I combine these data with spatial and network analysis to illustrate how these vessels may represent a shared ritual ideology that persisted across the Iranian plateau and Central Asia during the third and second millennium BCE.

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Shared Ritual Ideologies: Long Spouted Vessels on the Iranian Plateau in the Third and Second Millennium BCE. Amy Cromartie. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398265)


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min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America