The absolute chronology of East Chia Sabz: a Pre-Pottery Neolithic site in Western Iran

  • Hojjat Darabi Department of Archaeology, University of Tehran
  • Reza Naseri Department of Archaeology, University of Tehran
  • Ruth Young School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester
  • Hassan Fazeli Nashli Department of Archaeology, University of Tehran
Keywords: neolithisation, Pre-Pottery Neolithic, East Chia Sabz, Western Iran, absolute chronology

Abstract

East Chia Sabz is a PPN site located in the Seimareh Valley, western Iran. 14C dating results indicated that the site was occupied from the early 9th millennium to the early 7th millennium BC. As we have very little information about early Neolithic sites in Iran in comparison with the other regions of the Near and Middle East, the site of East Chia Sabz will provide a new benchmark for investigating the Neolithisation process in Iran. It is important to note that further investigation of Chia Sabz will certainly provide more secure information about how and when the Epipaleolithic transition to the Neolithic started in the region. This paper will present the recent excavations at the site, and then, based on the 14C dates, will discuss the site’s importance in western Iran.

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Published
2011-12-31
How to Cite
Darabi, H., Naseri, R., Young, R., & Fazeli Nashli, H. (2011). The absolute chronology of East Chia Sabz: a Pre-Pottery Neolithic site in Western Iran. Documenta Praehistorica, 38, 255-266. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.38.20
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