Iran 1500 BCE

The powerful kingdom of Elam has emerged in southwest Iran.

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What is happening in Iran in 1500BCE

The past 1000 years have seen great changes come to the people of this region. In the south-west a powerful kingdom has emerged, that of Elam. This has adopted the art, architecture and writing systems of Mesopotamia, and plays a prominent role in the wars between Mesopotamian kingdoms. At times the kingdom has come under the rule of Mesopotamian states, such as the Akkadian empire, and the city of Ur; at other times it has itself exercised power within Mesopotamia. Susa, its capitals, is one of the great cities of the Middle East.

The inhabitants of the central plateau of Iran have been hardly affected by these developments, and continue to live in small-scale village communities. To the north, Indo-European peoples from the steppes have settled.  One branch of them is moving through mountain passes into India, where they will form the Aryan peoples.

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