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27,000 Year Old Human Habitat on National Heritage List




26 August 2003

The 27000-year-old Eshcaft Gavi Cave in the northern slopes of the Sabz Mountain where rivers of Kor and Sivand meet in the southern province of Fars has been registered on Iran’s National Heritage List.

The cave was first discovered in 1969 by William Sams who was conducting archeological studies around the Kor river. Scientific excavation of the cave started in 1978 by Rosenberg, and based on the works found there, mostly stone and bone tools, the cave was recognized as dating back to the mid and upper Paleolithic eras. It is considered the oldest human habitat in Iran.

Furthermore carbon dating showed that the tools go back between 16000 to 27000 years.


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