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Villages to Empire: 4000 Years of Death and Society in Elam (4500-525 BCE)

Project description

Portraying social change in antiquity through mortuary evidence

Elam was an ancient civilization in the southwest of modern-day Iran that flourished before the rise of the Persian Empire. The EU-funded ELAMortuary project will portray a long timeline of social change in Elam through the exploitation of mortuary evidence. It will combine archaeology, philology and social theory with digital technology to analyse the uninterrupted sequence of mortuary evidence from small villages (ca. 4500 BCE) to the emergence of the Persian Empire (ca. 525 BCE) at the vast settlement mound of Susa on the Susiana plain. Taking a historical perspective that seeks long-term patterns in societies, it will reassess the validity of the linear model of social evolution that remains dominant in literature on ancient southwest Iran.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI L'ORIENTALE
Net EU contribution
€ 171 473,28
Address
Via Chiatamone 61/62
80121 Naples
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00