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Shahr-i Sokhte image 1

1) Location map: the Near (Middle) east showing the location within Iran of the major Bronze Age (3rd and early 2nd millennium BC) site of Shahr-i Sohkte (also transcribed as Shahr-e Sokhta, Shahr-e Sukhteh etc.).

NASA Blue Marble true-colour global imagery [1km resolution]

Shahr-i Sokhte image 2

2) Relative locations of Shahr-i Sokhte and Mundigak (near Kandahar, Afghanistan), along the Helmand river. Settlement clusters either along the edges of the mountains, or in the river-delta which forms an oasis of settled life.

Landsat image, 30m resolution, circa 1990, with Band 7 displayed as red, Band 4 as green and Band 2 as blue.
Landsat TM imagery provided by NASA.

Shahr-i Sokhte image 3

3) The Helmand delta shows a characteristic pattern of successive alluvial cones of deposition, with reedswamp and seasonally fluctuating lakes beyond. Cultivation is concentrated on the active fan.

Landsat TM imagery provided by NASA.

Shahr-i Sokhte image 4

4) Survey of evidence for Bronze Age settlement, superimposed on the above image, showing the concentration of activities on a then active but now largely abandoned alluvial fan. (Map from Tosi 1973)

Landsat TM imagery provided by NASA.

Shahr-i Sokhte image 5

5) Enlarged segment of the previous satellite image, showing the contrast between Plio-Pleistocene terraces (brown) and the later floodplain (white).

Landsat TM imagery provided by NASA.

Shahr-i Sokhte image 6

6) Results of surface survey and excavation in the areas of terrace-edge visible in the above satellite image, with classification according to major functional areas, after survey by Tosi et al..

From Tosi 1984.

Shahr-i Sokhte image 7

7) Approximate location of activity areas identified above on this 30m resolution Landsat image.

Landsat TM imagery provided by NASA.

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How to cite this page: Andrew Sherratt (2004), 'Sites from Satellites: Shahr-i Sokhte, Iran', ArchAtlas, Version 4.1, http://www.archatlas.org/SitesFromSatellites/sites.php?name=sha-i-sok, Accessed: 14 December 2017