July 17, the team began working on a project to save artifacts and to
gather information from the two caves at Tang-e Bolaghi, which is located
in Iran’s southern province of Fars. They are racing against time, since
Tang-e Bolaghi and its very significant ancient sites will be flooded by
the Sivand Dam, which is scheduled to come on stream in March 2006.
to the importance of the caves, the excavations are being carried out in
order to determine the history of human settlement in the region. Thus we
discovered a great number of stone tools made of chert and flint,” the
Iranian director of the team told CHN.
have not been able to precisely determine the age of the tools yet, but
the artifacts indicate that the techniques and the lifestyle were
unchanged for several millennia,” Mohammad Zeidi added.
Neolithic period pertains to the last phase of the Stone Age, marked by
the domestication of animals, the development of agriculture, and the
manufacturing of pottery and textiles. It is commonly thought to have
begun circa 9000–8000 BC in the Middle East.
team is comprised of eight Japanese experts from the University of Tsukuba
and six Iranian archaeologists, who will be working in the caves until mid