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Based on Andrew Sherratt's Global View for the geographic framework.
|Iranian Plateau|Cameron Petrie
Exploring Routes and Plains in Southwest Iran (2005)
Satellite imaging has given a new dimension to fieldwork in the varied terrain of Southwestern Iran, where the Zagros mountains separate the Mesopotamian lowlands from highland Iran, and whose successive ridges enclose fertile intermontane valleys. These fertile enclaves were often settled as early as the Neolithic, and have a continuous history of occupation down to the present day. They gained a historical importance as stepping stones on routes through the mountains (both for transhumance and trade), and as nodal points in the formation of political units.
Sites from Satellites: Bushehr, Iran (2004)
Seen from space, Bushehr was an important access-point from the Persian Gulf into the mountains behind, and was probably an island in prehistoric times.
Sites from Satellites: Firuzabad, Iran (2004)
Seen from space, the site of Firuzabad, in south-western Iran, became important in the 3rd century AD at the beginning of the Sasanian period.
Sites from Satellites: Shahr-i Sokhte, Iran (2004)
Seen from space is the location of the major Bronze Age (3rd and early 2nd millennium BC) site of Shahr-i Sohkte.