E LAMIT E ART – TAASA Review September 2010


This article was originally found in the September 2010 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 19, Issue 3, Page 7).

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Javier Álvarez-Món E lamite civilization was the result of interaction between low-land Susiana (broadly the present day province of Khuzestan) and high-land eastern Zagros polities, which coalesced into the creation of a multi centred Elamite state around 2000 BCE.

From the Mesopotamian perspective, Susiana was the gateway to the eastern Iranian highlands, the plateau beyond, providing indispensable access to primary material resources such as metals, timber, and stone.

From the highland perspective it was the gateway to a web of flourishing, river bound, urban Mesopotamian centres with luxury manufactured goods and unmatched cultural and social complexity. Ziggarat at Choga Zanbil, c...