Craft Specialization at Shahdad: Pottery Production during the third millennium BC

Document Type : Research Paper


1 University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran


Many potteries have been discovered from excavations and a surface survey at Shahdad, but few works have been
done to examine craft specialization in pottery production at this important site. Different types of potteries, some of
which bearing potter marks demonstrate that craftsmen of the site had involved in manufacturing of centralized pottery
production. A number of kilns and many waste of pottery could also support the above idea.
Therefore, the aim of this paper is to examine why of pottery manufacturing at Shahdad, which could be considered as
craft quarter for pottery production. It seems that pottery production at Shahdad had been affected by its environmental
conditions. This interaction between craftsmen and environment caused for manufacturing of special types of potteries at
Shahdad. It is necessary to state that this interaction has also caused for standardization in pottery production at the site
during the third millennium BC.