In his 1970–71 archaeological survey on the Susiana Plain of southwestern Iran, University of Michigan archaeology graduate student Gregory Johnson documented changing settlement patterns and economy during the period of state emergence in the region. Over seven months, Johnson documented and conducted systematic surface collections at 67 sites. The sites dated from the fifth-millennium BC Susiana period through the succeeding fourth-millennium BC Uruk phase of state formation. The decorated sherds shown here were collected at KS-22, a small village site located about 7 km north of the emerging city of Susa. Representing a range of bowl and jar forms, these serving and storage vessels date to the pre-state Susiania and Susa A periods. Painted ceramics were no longer made in the succeeding Uruk period, when mass-produced plain ware vessels came to dominate ceramic assemblages. When Johnson conducted his research, the Iranian government allotted portions of collections from foreign projects to collaborating institutions, enabling research on these important materials to continue.