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Archaeologists Studying 7000-year-old Human Settlements in Khorasan

 

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Prehistory

10 September 2003 

 

 

A group of Iranian archaeologists, studying historical sites in south and west of the northeastern Khorasan province, which are thought to be 5000-7000 years old, have concentrated their studies on the Bronze Age.

The western rim of the province where it reaches Iran’s central desert, has been residential since 5 millennia B.C. The archaeologists are going to date the residential areas in central and southern Khorasan, which are believed to be 7000 years old, in the second phase of the studies.

Head of the Khorasan pre-historic exploration team Omran Gazharian said the second phase was set to start in mid-September in order to recover information needed for the excavations.

Referring to the field works, library studies and the data analysis in the first phase, he said the activities started from southern Neishabur, near the desert rim, and continued in the Khorasan heights, including those near Sabzevar, Jovin, Jajarm, Maneh, Samarqan, Quchan and Shirvan.

Gazharian remarked the second phase would cover cities in southern and central Khorasan, including Gonabad, Qa’en, Torbat Heydarieh, Sarakhs and Fariman, stressing their work concentrated on the Bronze Age.

On results of the first phase studies, he pointed out it has been revealed that there had been a large concentration of settlements dating to 5-3 millennia B.C. in the western edge of the province, while the settlements of the Bronze and Iron age were concentrated near Bojnurd and the Atrak river valleys.

These findings suggest, he concluded, that the pattern and dispersion of settlements east of the country were different from those in western Iran.

 

 

 

 

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