Accepted paper:

Bam: how we continued our archaeological research from contemporary to Neolithic

Authors:

Omran Garazhian (Archaeology)

Paper short abstract:

Bam is a county located in south eastern Iran, a dry, desert marginal region. Our research was begun just after the earthquake under the title of Disaster ethnoarchaeology: Bam after the earthquake.The ethnoarchaeological research lasted three seasons. Changing the whole political structure of Iran after the 2005 election and powering the radicals, the research was finished because the new directors of ICHTO would not be justified to invest on such researches.we selected new ways of archaeological studies in Bam; we decided to excavate a Pre pottery site, a very important prehistoric site even in all Near East.Even thought the change in study strategy was not functional: the project budget was completely cut in 2009, Concentrating on the research process, our research plan from contemporary dynamic context to the static one in Bam will be discussed.

Paper long abstract:

Bam is a county located in south eastern Iran, a dry, desert marginal region. Our research was begun just after the earthquake under the title of Disaster ethnoarchaeology: Bam after the earthquake.Encountering with the traditional view points of archaeologists in Iran, we had lots of problems to justify that our research had been archaeology!The ethnoarchaeological research lasted three seasons. Changing the whole political structure of Iran after the 2005 election and powering the radicals, the research was finished because the new directors of ICHTO would not be justified to invest on such researches.we selected new ways of archaeological studies in Bam; we decided to excavate a Pre pottery site, a very important prehistoric site even in all Near East.Even thought the change in study strategy was not functional: the project budget was completely cut in 2009, the past directors of ICHTO were jailed and there were no supports of archaeological researches. Concentrating on the research process, our research plan from contemporary dynamic context to the static one in Bam will be discussed. We were and are obviously field archaeologists who assess the theories in practice. We were the pioneers of a modern - functional research despite of Iranian archaeology traditional point of view. The government, directors and public are estimated as the different parts of the research and analyzed in relation to the archaeological team.

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Pluralist practices: archaeology is nothing, archaeology is everything