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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the key themes discussed in the book. The book examines the history and the development of the urban and material culture of Rayy, from the foundation of the city until the Mongol invasion, utilizing the results of the latest excavations and surveys carried out between 2005 and 2007, and in the light of historical and geographical texts. It presents urban situation at Rayy, showing the uncontrolled urban activity despite the presence of archaeological sites, and highlighting concerns about subsequent possible destruction. The book shows the pottery assemblages for each occupation, providing a detailed look at the material culture in Rayy. For the medieval periods, the data testifies to a Ḫurāsāni (NE Iranian) cultural presence, but also to a major Iraqi and western Iranian occurrence from the Buyid layers through the Salğūq period.

Keywords: Ḫurāsāni; material culture; Mongol invasion; Rayy; Salğūq period; urban situation



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