archaeologists discovered an 8000-year-old stone tool
workshop during the first archaeological study at an
ancient site south of Shahrud, in the northeastern
province of Semnan, team member Korush Rustaie announced
The excavations carried out over the past few years by
Iranian and Japanese experts in Dehkheyr and Chakhmagh
Tepe, south of Shahrud, resulted in the discovery of
traces from the Neolithic era (9000–8000 BCE), putting
the region on the archaeological map. Shahrud is located
398 kilometers east of Tehran.
"We made new discoveries in the region near the
Siarigi Tepe, which dates back to 6000 B.C., finding a
site with stones of opal, chert, and flint, which led the
team toward an ancient workshop where stone tools were
made," Rustaie told CHN.
The remains of broken stones indicate that a great variety
of stone tools, like sickles, arrowheads, and blades, were
being mass produced in the workshop, which covers an area
of 2000 square meters, he added.
"No evidence has been found indicating human
habitation near the workshop. Thus, it appears that the
man of 8000 years ago traveled a distance of three
kilometers to reach the workshop," Rustaie noted.
In conclusion, he said that the team also plans to carry
out some excavations on the plain of Bastam, six
kilometers from Shahrud, with the hope of finding more