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0123 Archaeological Reconnaissances in North-Western India and South-Eastern Īrān : vol.1
Archaeological Reconnaissances in North-Western India and South-Eastern Īrān : vol.1 / Page 123 (Grayscale High Resolution Image)

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traced by me right away from the uplands overlooking the Indus valley to Kerman and Fars, it seems safe to assume that it was practised for a prolonged period.

The Damba-kôh site derives its special interest from the fact that here we find the burial cairns associated with remains which undoubtedly mark a place in contemporary occupation by the living. I have already referred above to the completely isolated hillock, Dam. I, which rises, as Plan 7 shows, in a recess between the southernmost portion of the ridge and the old river-bed. It consists of two rocky knolls, both falling away very steeply westwards and joined by a narrow saddle. The northern knoll, which is the larger, rises to a height of about 140 feet above the level ground, and the one to the south to a little over 100 feet. The south-eastern slopes of both being less steep are thickly covered with shapeless debris from the completely decayed walls of dwellings built with uncut stones, and from the terraces which once bore them. A narrow shoulder descends from the lower knoll towards the saddle or neck, and for a distance of about 80 feet affords somewhat more level space than is to be found elsewhere. This appears to have been occupied by a double row of small rooms built back to back, as seen in Fig. 23. The walls, built of roughly laid undressed slabs, still stood to a height of 3-4 feet on the west side, but were broken in many places both there and within. Eastwards, where the shoulder slopes more steeply, the walls had for the most part crumbled away altogether.

Heavy debris from the fallen portions of the walls covered the interior of the rooms. On clearing this away there was found, in a layer of soft earth and small stones, a variety of objects left behind by the dwellers. Among them were a number of roughly oblong querns, concave on their grinding surface and exactly corresponding in shape to those I had found at the chalcolithic site of Kulli.11 The stone cylinder, i. v. 21, may have been used on such stones. Hones and fragmentary stone implements of uncertain use are i. iii. 22, 26; vii. 24, 27; a decorated spinning-whorl is 1. iv. 52 (Pl. X) . Beads of terra-cotta, glass, and carnelian (1. v. 41; iii. 31, 56, &c.) were numerous. Other small objects are the iron ring, 1. ii. 40, and the thin silver ( ?) ear or nose ring, i. iii. 51 (Pl. X) . Fragments of glazed pottery in various shades of green turned up in several of the rooms. The pieces of a large painted vessel, 1. 46-50, deserve notice, as the style of its decoration agrees closely with that of painted fragments found within or near the cairns, and of the far more abundant painted potsherds picked up on the surface of the hillock, Dam. I, or below ît.12 When subsequently five

11 See Tour in Gedrosia, p. 123, Fig. 42.   ground around where they had been washed down

12 The potsherds found mainly on the eastern are shown as Dam. i. surface. slopes are marked Dam. z. E. (east) ; those from