You are here : Version anglaise > Fellows > Fellows 2018-2019

Séjour long


Archeology - Iran

Research topics



 Although the highlands of North-Western Iran and the Southern Caucasus constitute a fairly homogenous geographical area, the prehistory of these regions has never been investigated in a comprehensive way. This research project aims at a new reconstruction of the later prehistory of these areas during the 5th – 3rd millennia through a collaboration with the scholars of Archeorient (CNRS-UMR 5133) working on the Southern Caucasus. Through discussions and workshops, we will investigate the structural roots and development of social complexity during the Chalcolithic and the Early Bronze Age. This research project give an opportunity to study the archaeological materials from Kul Tepe Jolfa and Dava Göz Khoy, which were both excavated in 2010-2013 and 2012. This work will be carried out together with specialists from different disciplines in order to contextualise the social changes perceptible in the technological, productive and territorial fields. The results of the work carried out during ten months at the Collegium de Lyon will be materialized in three articles: the first will be focussed on the Kul Tepe excavations (multi-period settlement), the second on Dava Göz (chalcolithic camp-site) and the third discuss the provenance of the prehistoric obsidian of Kul Tepe and Dava Göz; these project will constitute the most updated source of information on these research projects. This will be a unique opportunity to shed some new light on the archaeology of the region and to update the chronological table of NW Iran from the Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age.

Activities / Resume


Akbar Abedi, was born in Jolfa (Iran) on 16th of December 1986. He is Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Archaeometry in Tabriz Islamic Art University, where he teaches courses in prehistoric archaeology of Iran, archaeometry, and excavation field methods in archaeology and archaeometry. He attended a MSc in Prehistoric Archaeology at "Tarbiat Modarres University of Tehran", Iran. His Ph.D, based at “ University of Tehran ”, focused on "the Process of Transition from Late Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age and the Expansion of Kura-Araxes Culture into NW Iran during 4th and 3rd Millennium B.C", and was defended in 2015. With a background in Prehistoric Archaeology of Iran and Southern Caucasus, he conducts three research project on Neolithic to Iron Age sites of Kul Tepe Jolfa (2010-2013), Dava Göz Khoy (2012) and Tepe Silveh Piranshahr (2016-2017), in north-western Iran with emphasis on transition process from Chalcolithic to Bronze Age and the expansion of Kura-Araxes in north-western Iran and exploitation of raw materials (obsidian) and prehistoric trade.
A. Abedi is Assistant professor in Tabriz Islamic Art University, Department of Archaeology and Archaeometry from 2014 to present and director of three research projects of Kul Tepe Jolfa (2010-2013), Dava Göz Khoy (2012) and Tepe Silveh Piranshahr (2016-2017).



  • Abedi, Akbar. And Razani, Mehdi. 2017. The International Symposium on the Archaeology and Archaeometry of the Chalcolithic and the Bronze Ages in the Northwest Iran and the South Caucasus, Edited by (Akbar Abedi and Mehdi Razani). Tabriz Islamic Art University Publication.

Articles in international journals

  • Abedi. Akbar., 2017. Iranian- Azerbaijan Pathway from the Zagros to the Caucasus: Kul Tepe and Dava Göz, New Neolithic Sites in NW Iran, Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Vol. 17: 79-98
  • Abedi, Akbar. 2016. Absolute (14C AMS) and Relative Chronology of Dava Göz Khoy; New Evidence of Transitional Chalcolithic, Dalma and Pisdeli Cultures in NW IRAN, Journal of Research on Archaeometry, Vol. 2. No. 1: 39-54.
  • Abedi, Akbar. 2016. Preliminary Reports of the First and Second Seasons of Excavation at Kul Tepe Hadishahr, Southern Bank of Araxes River; New Evidence from Late Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Kura-Araxes and Achaemenid Periods in North West Iran, Journal of Archaeological Studies. Vol. 8, No. 1 Spring – Summer: 91-111.
  • Abedi, Akbar., and Omrani, Behrooz. 2015 "Kura-Araxes Culture and North-Western Iran: New Perspectives from Kul Tepe Jolfa (Hadishahr)" Paleorient, Vol. 41: 55-68.
  • Abedi, A. Omrani, B. and Karimifar, Azam., 2015. "Fifth and fourth millennium BC in north-western Iran: Dalma and Pisdeli revisited", Documenta Praehistorica, XLII: 321-338.
  • Abedi, Akbar. 2015. A Review of Obsidian Studies in Iran, Provenance the Source and Prehistoric Obsidian Artifacts, Researches and Questions, Journal of Research on Archaeometry, Vol. 1. No. 1: 55-85.
  • Eskandari, N., Abedi, A., Shafie, M., and Javadi, M., 2014 “Keshit: an early Bronze Age urban centre on the western edge of the Lut Desert, south-eastern Iran”, Antiquity.
  • Abedi, A. Khatib Shahidi, H., Chataigner, CH., Niknami, K., Eskandari, N., Kazempour, M., Pirmohammadi, A., Hoseinzadeh, J., Ebrahimi, GH. 2014 “Excavation at Kul Tepe of (Jolfa), North-Western Iran, 2010: First Preliminary Report”, Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Vol. 51: 33-167.
  • Khademi Nadooshan, F., Abedi, A., Glascock, M. D., Eskandari, N., and Khazaee, M. 2013 “Provenance of Prehistoric Obsidian Artifacts from Kul Tepe, North-western Iran, Using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analysis” Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (1956-1965)
  • Abedi, A., Khatib Shahidi, H., Sharahi, I,. Eskandari, N. and Gholam Shirzadeh 2014 “New Evidence from Dalma and Kura-Araxes Culture at Tapeh Qaley-e Sarsakhti: Special Importance of Prehistoric Findings in East Central Zagros”, Iran and the Caucasus, vol. 18: 101-114 Brill: Leiden.
  • Omrani, B. Khatib Shahidi, H and Abedi, A 2012 “Early Bronze Age, New Migrants and the Beginning of Township in Azerbaijan”, NW Iran, Iranica Antiqua, vol. XLVII: 1-28.
  • Alizadeh, M., Noori, S., Abedi, A., 2012 “New Findings of Rock Art at Ostad Mirza in the West of the Alborz Mountain Range, Central Iran” International Newsletter on Rock Art (INORA).
  • Khazaee, M., Gloscock, M.D., Masjedi, P., Abedi, A. and Nadooshan, F. K. 2011 “The Origins of Obsidian Tools from Kul Tepe, NW Iran”, IAOS Bulletin, No. 45 Summer: 14-18.
  • Eskandari, N., Abedi. A., N, Niazi. S, Saeediyan 2010 “Tapeh Mes: A possible Middle Paleolithic site in Delijan plain, Central plateau of Iran”., Antiquity, Volume 084 Issue 323.
  • Abedi, A., Omrani. B. and Eskandari, N. 2009 “Kul Tapeh: An Early Bronze Age Site in NW Iran”., Antiquity, Volume 083 Issue 322.
  • Eskandari, N., Darabi, H., Abedi, A., Hoseinzadeh, J. 2010/1389 “Iron Age Bichrome House Model from Qaleh Gabri, Delijan district, Central Iran, Online Anthropology and Culture Journal: Faculty of Social Science Tehran University.
  • Darabi, H., Abedi, A., Eskandari, N., Alizadeh Sola, M., 2009 “Archaeological Survey at Delijan District, Central Iran, First Preliminary Report, Modarres Archaeological Research Journal, vol II: 112-129 (In Persian with English Abstract).