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Germans to Join Studies of Iran’s Palaeolithic Sites


24 August 2005



An agreement is to be signed between Iran’s Archaeological Research Centre and University of Tubingen from Germany to commence cooperation in excavations and researches at Iran’s Paleolithic archaeological sites.

“Regarding the little information we have and considering the limited studies that have so far been conducted on Paleolithic remains in Iran, excavations at cave sites belonging to that era may reveal to be of utmost importance,” said Karim Alizadeh, head of the international affairs department with Iran’s Archaeological Research Centre.

Paleolithic age is one of the major eras in the human life history, especially when it comes to studying primitive humans. Starting roughly 10,000 years ago, this era plays an important role in human evolution as experts believe.

Noting the impending agreement between Iran and Germany, Alizadeh indicated that a joint team of Iranian and German experts is to be formed to conduct researches in different provinces located along Zagros Mountain range in western Iran, namely, Isfahan, Fars, Kohkiluieh va Boyer Ahmad, and Kermanshah.

Being located on a mountainous area with numerous geomorphological cavities, western parts of Iran are believed to have provided proper dwellings for primitive predecessors of Paleolithic age and thus provinces of western Iran, especially Lorestan and Kermanshah, are thought to be considerably rich in Paleolithic treasures.

The one-year contract between Iran’s Archaeological Research Centre and Tubingen University, which is going to be signed by director of Iranian Research Centre and president of the German university, is now at its final stages, awaiting the approval of Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the past three years, Iranian officials with Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization have tried to give prominence to Iranian archaeological sites through information exchange with various international institutes, encouraging them to resume their long-halted activities in Iran.

The first Archaeology Conference of Southwest Asia, which was held in Tehran two years ago, was probably the most important event in that context. Lamberg-Karlovsky from Harvard University, Frank Hole from Yale University, and Gill Stein from The University of Chicago were among the most eminent archaeologists attending this conference in Tehran.

Lots of foreign archaeologists and experts of diverse nationalities, including Americans, Japanese, French, and Italians are currently working on different ancient sites around Iran. Jiroft excavation site, near Kerman, Arisman, near Natanz, Sialk in the vicinity of Kashan, Anshan archaeological site in Fars province, and different ancient sites around Khuzestan province are the most important excavation sites of Iran in which foreign archaeologists and experts are playing an important role.


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