Paleolithic Landscapes of Iran

Saman Heydari-Guran


This book is a study of the settlement patterns of the Middle to Later stages of the Paleolithic period in the natural landscapes of the Iranian Plateau. By analyzing different environmental settings, stone artifacts, faunal remains and finally the game behavioral movements, this book evaluates the previous models and theories of ‘site location’, ‘game management’ and ‘Middle and Upper Paleolithic groups’ land use’ that were employed for Iran. As a major result, it demonstrates that, the ecological approach of ‘structural landscape analysis’ is a strong methodology for understanding the mechanisms behind settlement patterns, land use and mobility strategies of early humans.