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Search for Iron-Age Architectural Remains in Northern Iran


13 May 2004



Archeologists are searching for the early architectural remains, dating back to the Iron Age to the third millennium B.C. in the historical hill of Kalouraz in the northern province of Gilan.

Archeological work during the recent years in Gilan have led to the discovery of important ancient sites in such areas as Talesh, Marlik and Maryan, but in none of them architectural remains have been unearthed.

Preliminary studies in the historical site of Kalouraz, however, have led the researchers to believe that the hill has once been the government center of the area, surrounded by graveyards, and that remains of Gilan ancient architecture dating to more than the third millennium B.C. can probably be found in the site.

According to head of the excavation team of Kalouraz, Mohammad Reza Khalatbari, the discovery can both provide information on residence, architecture, and administrative and governmental characteristics of the region, and answer many questions raised about its history.

Previous work in the area had resulted in the discovery of potsherds and remains of human skeletons.



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