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Naghmeh Mahzounzadeh and Eugenio Bortolini

Naghmeh Mahzounzadeh, Eugenio Bortolini. “Beyond Shape: a New Perspective on the Classification of Arrowheads from the Historical Pre-Islamic Period in Iran”

Book review by Luca Colliva
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Naghmeh Mahzounzadeh, Eugenio Bortolini. “Beyond Shape: a New Perspective on the Classification of Arrowheads from the Historical Pre-Islamic Period in Iran”, East & West n.s. 1/2, 2020, p. 285-300

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1The article, published in the first number of the new series of East & West journal edited by ISMEO, proposes an innovative methodology, based on pattern recognition techniques, for the study of the metal arrowheads, and a new typology mainly focused on materials dated between the 6th and 4th century BCE.

2The authors propose a first pilot study, part of a larger project still underway, in which 167 arrowheads from the sites of Persepolis, Tol-e Ajori and Susa are taken into consideration. Each artefact has been described through twenty-four characters, ten quantitative and fourteen qualitative. A hierarchical cluster analysis of the collected data was subsequently performed and compared against a grouping obtained through k-medoid clustering. The procedure led to the identification of a two-level structure with two main groups, copper alloy and iron arrowheads, divided into a total of eight subgroups based on the supporting system of the base and the number, shape and cross-section of blades. Moreover, a group of idiosyncratic arrowheads was recognised as an outgroup. The results obtained from the data analysis, although preliminary, also provide novel interesting insights for the evaluation of the identified morphological features.

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Luca Colliva. Naghmeh Mahzounzadeh and Eugenio Bortolini, « Naghmeh Mahzounzadeh, Eugenio Bortolini. “Beyond Shape: a New Perspective on the Classification of Arrowheads from the Historical Pre-Islamic Period in Iran” », Abstracta Iranica [Online], Volume 42-43 | 2021, document 10, Online since 30 December 2020, connection on 09 August 2022. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/51768 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/abstractairanica.51768

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