Sites & cities that bear the name of Teppe Zagheh

Teppe Zagheh

Today in : Iran (Islamic Republic of)
First trace of activity : ca. 6,500 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 4,300 B.C.E
Recorded names : تپه زاغه‎, Tappe Zaghe, Tappeh Sang-e Chakhmaq, Sange Chaxmaq, Chakhmagh

Description : Teppe Zagheh (Persian: تپه زاغه‎) is an early urban settlement located near Qazvin, Iran. The settlement has been dated to have been built in 6500 BCE. After the re-excavation of Zagheh in 2001, new radiocarbon dates were obtained. They indicate that the site was settled c. 5370–5070 BC and abandoned c. 4460–4240 BC. Thus, it may belong to only a single historical period, Transitional Chalcolithic. Yet there were also many small clay 'tokens', used as counting objects, that were found at Zagheh; these are variously-shaped, and are similar to such tokens at other Neolithic sites. These Zagheh tokens are dated typologically to 6500–5500 BC. Thus, there were probably two periods of occupation. Zagheh archaic painted ware (ca. 6000-5500 BC) was found in Tepe Sialk I, sub-levels 1-2. This is the early painted ware, that was first excavated at Teppe Zagheh. Clay figurines found in Mehrgarh (Pakistan), an important precursor to the Indus Valley Civilization, resemble those discovered at Teppe Zagheh, and at Jeitun in Turkmenistan (6th millennium BCE).

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