added by archaeologs A cultural group named after the site of Sohr Damb, near the village of Nai in central Baluchistan, Pakistan, related to the Kulli culture further south. The Nai culture probably belongs to the first half of the 3rd millennium bc and both Nai and Kulli settlements are associated with water-control systems which allowed exploitation of alluvial plains for agriculture. The Nai population used copper for many tools and weapons, but continued to use ground stone as well. They made beads from agate and perhaps also lapis lazuli. The pottery, some wheel-made, is decorated with geometric patterns in black paint; red, blue and yellow pigments were often applied after firing. Many burials were excavated on the type site, belonging to a period later than the settlement.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983