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Giyan Retells the Secrets of Bronze Age up to the Iron Age


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 08 October 2003


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  A tan buff jar from Tappeh Giyan

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Giyan Hill in Nahavand, located in mid west Iran, is considered one of the most important ancient hills of the country along with to Sialk in Kashan and Hesar in Damghan. Yet it has not received the attention it deserves.

The archaeologist who has undertaken the first season of excavations in Giyan 70 years after studies by the French archaeologists from the Louver museum, Mehrdad Malekzadeh believes that the old diggings there has caused the Gowdin Hill in Kangavar, although not historically as important, to overtake Giyan in the chronologies of Iran's history.

"In the prehistoric times and in the beginning of history, the two were considered important cultural centers in mid west Iran, but the old diggings in Giyan led to its being disregarded and Gowdin's being considered as the source of chronology," explained Malekzadeh.

According to him, today the mid western Iran is studied based on the stratigraphy of Gowdin which provides sufficient information on the time in between the Neolithic and the Bronze ages. However, it fails to account for the interval between the Bronze and Iron ages.

In the first season of excavations in Giyan, carried out in summer 2003, the preliminary stages for digging boring pits in order to demarcate the area, set as the first goal of the project, were completed.

The most important excavation activity in Giyan, Malekzadeh believes, is the stratigraphy of the area.




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