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INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This chapter indicates some zonal patterns of distribution reflected by the wares most commonly found in Sarawan, Jhalawan and adjacent districts during the surveys. Pottery decorated in the SADAAT' style current in DS III and Mehrgarh VII had a generally comparable zoning in Baluchistan with its centre in northern Sarawan. A wide range of wares has long been discernible in Baluchistan and initially those with singularly dominant styles were accorded almost cultural status, particularly where they could be associated with artifactual assemblages. Apart from Mehrgarh, which is unlikely to have served regions such as southern Sarawan lying outside the Kachhi/Kandahar zone of cultural exchange. Comparative analysis of the wares suggests that the manufacture of ceramics expanded significantly during the second half of the fourth millennium though whether technical development led to an actual increase in the number of production centres is unknown.