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The Uruk Expansion: Cross Cultural Exchange in Early Mesopotamian Civilization
Guillermo Algaze in Current Anthropology Volume 30:5:1989 (571-608)

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On the Iranian plateau too a few types of Uruk pottery have been recovered in otherwise indigenous sites that can be shown to have been metallurgical centers already in prehistoric times and that commanded access to some of the most important copper deposits in the area. Copper from the Qazvin area was accessible to Uruk societies by way of the Khorasan Road or an east-west road of lesser importance onto northern Mesopotamia via the Solduz Valley and the Lesser Zab River ...

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