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Ancient Villages in Southwestern Iran Produced Pottery


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 14 March 2004



The first villages in the southwestern Iranian province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari are some date abck to 7,000 BCE, results of investigations carried out by Iranian and foreign archaeologists suggest.

Given its geographical position and its location among the provinces of Khuzestan, Fars and Isfahan as well as its natural potentials, the area has long been a civilization hub in Iran. Primitive people were willing to choose the area for their living in view of its abundant water resources, lush jungles and ranches and mountains.

The villages were first sprang up in the fertile plains of the area following a long period of cave-dwelling. The density of the villages was the highest in southeast of the area near what is now the town of Lordegan. Warm weather and fertile farmlands in the Falard and Khan Mirza plains also contributed to formation of permanent human settlements in the area.

A German team started studies in 1974 in the area, which first revealed its significance in the pre-historic and late Neolithic periods.

Boring pits showed three periods of settlement in the area, all dating back to the 7th millennium B.C. studies carried out on the discovered pottery and tools bore testimony to the fact that they were made locally.

Most of the pottery carried pictures of rows of animals or abnormal human beings, single or double crescents, etc.



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