Social Inequality at Köhne Shahar, an Early Bronze Age Settlement in Iranian Azerbaijan

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Social Inequality at Köhne Shahar, an Early Bronze Age Settlement in Iranian Azerbaijan

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dc.contributor.advisor Ur, Jason A. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Lamberg-Karlovsky, Clifford C. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Meadow, Richard H. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Kohl, Philip L. en_US
dc.contributor.author Alizadeh, Karim en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-17T18:15:37Z
dc.date.created 2015-05 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-05-19 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Alizadeh, Karim. 2015. Social Inequality at Köhne Shahar, an Early Bronze Age Settlement in Iranian Azerbaijan. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:17467508
dc.description.abstract Due to increasing investigations and studies of the Kura-Araxes cultural communities, our information about this enigmatic archaeological culture has increased in many respects. Its interactions and regional variations in terms of cultural materials have been analyzed by many scholars. However, our knowledge about its societal variations is still very limited. We do not yet know much about social dynamics behind its material culture that spread out through vast regions in the Caucasus and the Near East. Indeed, there are some fundamental questions about the Kura-Araxes cultural communities that need further investigation. To address these questions, I focus on social inequality and its material manifestations through data collected from Köhne Shahar a Kura-Araxes site in the Chaldran area of the Iranian Azerbaijan. This study uses new data collected from one season of survey and three seasons of excavations at Köhne Shahar to examine the material manifestation of social inequality. Excavations at Köhne Shahar have generated data which allows me to present some preliminary conclusions regarding the state of social inequality at the settlement. I concentrate on four major features of the site, stratigraphy and chronology, fortification wall and external threat, specialized craft production, and residential segregation. Results from investigation and analyses of these evidence suggest that external threat and conflict could have played a role in development of political complexity (power inequality) at Köhne Shahar that could have been extended to control over the economy, especially craft production. I further argue that evidence of residential segregation at the site suggest social segmentation and hierarchical ordering within the community of Köhne Shahar. Overall evidence indicates that the site is a special and a complex version of Kura-Araxes Cultural Communities. I further argue that there is a great potential at Köhne Shahar for addressing social complexity and I discuss that further investigations at the site may shed more light on social dynamics in the Kura-Araxes cultural communities. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Anthropology en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Anthropology, Archaeology en_US
dc.title Social Inequality at Köhne Shahar, an Early Bronze Age Settlement in Iranian Azerbaijan en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dash.depositing.author Alizadeh, Karim en_US
dc.date.available 2015-07-17T18:15:37Z
thesis.degree.date 2015 en_US
thesis.degree.grantor Graduate School of Arts & Sciences en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
thesis.degree.department Anthropology en_US
dc.description.keywords Social Inequality; Kura-Araxes Culture; Early Transcaucasian Culture; Iran; Azerbaijan; Caucasus; en_US

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