Zhob Culture

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Chalcolithic culture in north Baluchistan, Pakistan, dating to the 4th and 3rd millennia bc. Well represented at Periano Ghundai and Moghul Ghundai. Among the distinctive artefacts is a class of red‐on‐black painted pottery. Rows of attenuated stylized humped cattle and buck were popular motifs. Shapes include pedestalled dishes and deep goblets. Goggle‐eyed hooded female figurines are especially distinctive of the culture. Bull figurines are also present and suggest connections with the Harappan civilization. Buildings were of mud brick; burials were by cremation. In the succeeding Incinerary Pot Phase, cremations were placed in vessels under the floors of houses.

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