Title

Mid-Parthian Pottery from Building V at Shahr-i Qumis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-11-2019

Publication Title

Iran: Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies

First page number:

1

Last page number:

50

Abstract

This paper introduces the pottery of mid-Parthian date from Building V at Shahr-i Qumis, a major Parthian settlement that dates, at least in part, from the second and the first centuries BC, and which lies some thirty km to the west of Damghan. A little over two thousand years ago the local water supply appears to have been adequate to support a site that was notable for its monumental mud-brick architecture as well as for its pottery, which included a number of distinctive “Iron Age related” characteristics. This is not, however, a publication of the pottery from the entire site of Qumis; it represents pottery from the core plan of only one building, even if this particular building does much to illustrate the nature of typical mid-Parthian pottery in the vicinity of Qumis. Subsequent ceramic studies will complement the present treatment. Whether or not this same location ought also to be associated with a slightly earlier Achaemenid/Seleucid township that was known to the Greeks as Hecatompylos remains an unresolved issue.

Keywords

North-eastern Iran; Shahr-i Qumis; Mid-Parthian pottery; Ceramic analysis,; Hecatompylos

Disciplines

Archaeological Anthropology

Language

English

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