Sites & cities that bear the name of Bābā Jān Tepe

Bābā Jān Tepe

Today in : Iran (Islamic Republic of)
First trace of activity : ca. 30th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 6th century B.C.E
Recorded names : باباجان

Description : Bābā Jān Tepe (Tappa), an archeological site in north-eastern Lorestan Province (34° north latitude, 47° 56’ east longitude), on the southern edge of the Delfān plain at approximately 10 km from Nūrābād, important primarily for excavations of first-millennium B.C. levels conducted by C. Goff from 1966-69. Work concentrated on two mounds joined by a saddle. The East Mound (85 m in diameter, 9 m high) yielded a series of first-millennium B.C. buildings (Baba Jan III-I) above Bronze Age (Baba Jan IV) graves. On the Central Mound (120 m in diameter, 15 m high), excavation concentrated on the Baba Jan III Manor on the summit; an 8 x 6 m Deep Sounding provides a partial late fourth- to mid-second-millennium B.C. sequence Baba Jan V. Levels 7-6 in the bottom 2 m of the Deep Sounding yielded late fourth-millennium B.C. chalcolithic pottery similar to Godin (Gowdīn) VI . Baba Jan IV. In the Deep Sounding on the Central Mound, two levels of domestic architecture (level 5, 2300-2100 B.C. and level 4, 1800-1500 B.C.) were separated by a period of abandonment during which four burials were dug into the area. Four other Baba Jan IV graves were cut into virgin soil on the East Mound; these date to the late third (Goff, 1976, fig. 11.10-13, 16-18) and mid-second millennium B.C. The assemblage is comparable to that of period III at Godin Tepe.

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