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Go on in Hill in Northwestern Iran to Pinpoint
Location of Civilization
A sixth season of archaeological explorations was conducted in the Galaychi hill in the
northwestern province of West Azarbaijan. The project
included conservation of architectural remains found
earlier. Still there is no answer to the question about
the exact whereabouts of the settlement of the mania
civilizations. The two potential places are the Galaychi
hill or the Hassanlu hill.
An expert with the project said the studies sought to
find architectural remains of various archaeological periods in the hill. Bahman kargar noted derelict
monuments were unearthed that were restored and
The monuments included adobe walls and exterior
decorations of wall with geometrical, mythological,
human and plant patterns.
Kargar remarked a number of glazed bricks were
discovered too which are highly significant. The
explorations in the Galaychi hill, dating to the 7th
century B.C., are estimated to need 12 years to
The Manais used to inhabit the area before being wiped
out by the Urartu tribes. Experts say all their
information about the Manai civilization in the Galaychi
hill was speculative and more studies were needed to
shed light on ambiguous points.
Kargar noted the two month exploration in the hill
rendered nothing new which could contribute to the
“A seventh season of explorations is planned in a
couple of months, aimed at finding acceptable answers to
this question,” he added.
Still, parallel explorations are underway in the neighbouring
Hassanlu hill for similar purpose. The work
on the Hassanlu is estimated to take some 20 years to
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