The Bronze and Iron Age Sites Saridjar and Karim Berdy, Tajikistan

Author(s): Mike Teufer

Year: 2017


The Late Bronze Age site of Saridjar was discovered during a survey of the northern Yakhsu valley in 2010. Excavations in 2012, in 2013, 2015 and in 2016 prove that we are dealing with a 200 x 200 m large settlement with at least three construction phases. The proportion of the hand-made ceramics in all levels varies between 80 and 90%. Only occasionally wheel-made ware appears. Andronovo pottery of the Federovo phase is present in small numbers. At Karimberdy nearly all the pottery was handmade. The continuity is obvious not only in the production process but also in terms of typological development of pottery forms: small bowls with S-shaped rim are abundant at Saridzhar, and they continue in painted handmade ware in the Yaz I period of Karimberdy. Therefore Saridzhar is a transitional site between the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age (Yaz I-period).

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The Bronze and Iron Age Sites Saridjar and Karim Berdy, Tajikistan. Mike Teufer. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430450)


Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16003