The formation of Early Neolithic Communities in the Central Zagros: an 11,500 year old communal structure at Asiab

Tobias Richter, Hojjat Darabi, Sajjad Alibaigi, Amaia Arranz-Otaegui, Pernille Bangsgaard, Shokouh Khosravi, Lisa Maher, Peder Mortensen, Patrick Pedersen, Joe Roe, and Lisa Yeomans, 2021. The formation of Early Neolithic Communities in the Central Zagros: an 11,500 year old communal structure at Asiab. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 40(1): 2–22. doi:10.1111/ojoa.12213

Abstract

Communal buildings have been reported from a number of early Neolithic sites from the Levant and Anatolia, but none were known from the central Zagros. Here we report on the recent excavations at Asiab, Kermanshah province, Iran, and argue that the principal feature found during Robert Braidwood’s excavation at the site in 1960 should be interpreted as an example of a communal building. We discuss the results of the previous and recent excavations, highlight the key features of this building, and the implications for our understanding of the early Neolithic in the ‘eastern wing’ of the Fertile Crescent.

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