recent excavations in the Dalma historical hill in northwestern
West Azerbaijan province, Iranian archaeologists have managed to
discover relics of three ancient periods, thus outdating the
estimate of their counterparts who had earlier explored the
The hill is one of the most ancient historical sites in the
province and is located near a village by the same name.
“Following four excavations, Iranian archaeologists have
discovered relics from the Iron, Bronze and Dalma Culture Ages,
indicating it is older than what American experts had
believed,” said archeologist Ebrahim Kharazi.
Prior to the 1979, a group of U.S. experts had reckoned the hill
dates back to 4,800 BC, while recent 3.5-meter-deep excavations
have revealed graves ornamented with personal belongings dating
to earlier times. Dalma Culture Age refers to a well-known
period between 4,800 BC and 4,100 BC in the area.