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New Season of Archaeological Research in Dasht-e Moghan


07 May 2004



The historical Naderi teppe in Moghan Plain in the west central Ardabil province, will soon undergo new excavations and stratigraphy studies.

According to head of the Ardabil cultural heritage department Karim Hajizadeh, the most important feature of the area is remains from border posts dating to the Arsacids and Sasanids times. These remains along with remains from the pre- and post Islamic civilizations will be dealt with during the upcoming studies, in order to pinpoint the identity of the region.

Preliminary research shows that the hill has continuously been residential from the old Bronze Age (third millennium B.C.) to the Safavid time (AD 16th to 18th centuries), explained head of the archeology team of Moghan Plain, Karim Ali Zadeh.

The new series of excavations will aim at stratigraphy studies and identifying the various cultural features of Naderi Hill from the third millennium B.C. up to the Safavid time. And since proof of life before that has been found in the areas next to the hill, the work also provides the researchers with the opportunity to identify the cultural periods of Moghan Plain from the Copper-Stone Age (fourth and fifth millennium B.C.) up to the Safavid era, said Ali Zadeh. Naderi Hill is of specific importance to researchers because in none of its neighboring sites such continuous residential periods have been identified.



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