Elamite funerary practices

Hermann Gasche, Steven W. Cole

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The term 'Elam' seems to designate a collection of ill-defined territories that extended over Susiana and the Zagros mountain range as far as the border of the central Iranian desert (Figure 36.1). At around 3000 BC, so-called Proto-Elamite texts appeared. These texts, still incompletely deciphered, were mostly written in Susa (Le Brun and Vallat 1978; Scheil 1900: 130-131, 1905: 57-129, 1908: 97, 1923 and 1935), but smaller numbers have been found in north, west and south Iran, from Tepe Ozbaki (Vallat 2003) 1 and Tepe Sofalin (Hessari 2011: 37, Figure 3, 43-45) - near Tehran - to Shahr-e Sukhteh, close to the southern border with Afghanistan. Little is known about the political organization in this large area, and the geographical construct 'Elam' (kur nim??) appears first only in late Early Dynastic Mesopotamian texts (Steve et al. 2002-2003: 422).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Elamite World
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781317329848
ISBN (Print)9781138999893
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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