Settlement Pattern of Yanik Culture in Eastern Kurdistan, Iran
International Journal of Archaeology
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages: 8-16
Received: Mar. 13, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 31, 2015; Published: Apr. 9, 2015
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Zahra Rajabioun, Department of Archaeology, University of Sistan and Bluchestan, Zahedan, Iran
Rouhollah Shiraz, Department of Archaeology, University of Sistan and Bluchestan, Zahedan, Iran
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Abstract
The eastern part of Kurdistan Province, the region under Study, includes cities such as Bijar, Qorveh and Dehgolan. This region is a high plain which differs from western Kurdistan topographically. Recently, this region has been archaeologically surveyed by the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) successively. As a result, various ancient sites, dated back from prehistoric times to the Islamic period were identified among which 16 are attributed to the "Yanik culture". The main aim of the present study is to analyze the settlement pattern of Yanikian sites in the eastern Kurdistan and their relationship with natural environment. In this study, parameters such as altitude, distance to the river, size of the sites, slope and so on have been taken into account and studied via GIS software. The study shows that Yanikian settlements have been centered in southern part of the region and they are rare in the northern parts.
Keywords
Eastern Kurdistan, Yanik Culture, Settlement Pattern, GIS Sedentism and Nomadism
To cite this article
Zahra Rajabioun, Rouhollah Shiraz, Settlement Pattern of Yanik Culture in Eastern Kurdistan, Iran, International Journal of Archaeology. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2015, pp. 8-16. doi: 10.11648/j.ija.20150301.12
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