C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky Tepe Yahya expedition records
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1968-2001
- Lamberg-Karlovsky, C.C., 1937- (Person)
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Extent14 linear feet
Biographical / Historical
From 1968 to 1975 Dr. Lamberg-Karlovsky directed the archaeological excavations at Tepe Yahya in southeastern Iran. Originally an excavation was planned in Syria for the summer of 1967, but the project was cancelled as a result of the Seven-Day Arab-Israeli War. Having worked with a collection of artifacts from southeastern Iran and Baluchistan at the Peabody Museum, he obtained approval from the National Science Foundation and the Iranian Archaeological Service to instead conduct a survey in southeastern Iran in 1967. The site of Tepe Yahya was discovered during the survey, and excavations were conducted from 1968 to 1975. Five excavation areas were opened up on the south side of the mound in 1968 and they were designated by letters A-E. These areas were later expanded to include Areas AW, AN, ANW, AN2, AN3, AN4, ANE3, ANE4, BW, CW and CDE. Areas on the north side of the mound were opened up in 1970: XA, XB, XC, XC and XE. These were also expanded to include XBE and XCE. The site was found to have been occupied for more than five thousand years, ranging from the 4900-4500 B. C. (Period VIID) to the Parthian/Sasanian period (Period I, 200 B. C. – 225 A. D.).
Dr. Lamberg-Karlovsky worked to identify ceramics over a long chronological time span in a relatively unknown area. Several graduate students worked closely with him during the excavations, and these individuals were heavily involved in the publication of the results of the excavation in articles and monographs.
- Lamberg-Karlovsky, C. C. (1986). “The Tepe Yahya Project, 1967-1975,” American School of Prehistoric Research Bulletin 38:1-10.
- Lamberg-Karlovsky, C. C. (2001). “Excavations at Tepe Yahya: The Biography of a Project,” American School of Prehistoric Research Bulletin 45: ixx-xli.
- Field records, 1968-1973 (Box 1-13: Records kept during excavation, including personal field notebooks, pottery log books, plan books and small finds cards.)
- Correspondence, notes and reports, 1935-2001 (Box 14-17: Correspondence relating to fieldwork and analysis of materials excavated, analytical reports, and manuscripts of reports for publication.)
- Drawings and figures (Box 18-22: Drawings and figures of ceramics and other artifacts, maps, plans and stratigraphic profiles. Drawings of ceramics are grouped and identified by excavation areas designated by letters and/or by time period, designated by roman numerals. Upper Rud-i Gushk survey sites are identified by the letter R and a number.)
- Other archaeological projects (Box 23-24: Materials relating to archaeological projects other than the Tepe Yahya, Upper Rud-i Gushk Survey and Dasht-i Deh projects. Includes materials related to investigation of Mantai in Sri Lanka.)
- American School of Prehistoric Research (Box 24: Correspondence, proposals and reports relating to the American School of Prehistoric Research. The bulk of the materials are from the period of C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky directorship of the School.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Lamberg-Karlovsky, C.C., (1937-) Tepe Yahya expedition records, bulk 1968-2001, inclusive 1935-2003
- Peabody Museum Archives
- EAD ID
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