archeological team working in the southern parts
of Shahrud, in Semnan province, have found
evidence of agricultural life dating to some 8000
The evidence shows that the area, now a desert
with no agricultural activities, had some
temporary waterways in the old times, indicating
that despite the dry climatic conditions, people
succeeded to initiate dry farming.
The archeology team working in the southern areas
of Shahrud studied the area with regard to the
environmental conditions 8000 years ago. They have
so far discovered sharp stones, diverse geological
evidence, and evidence of agricultural life going
on there in the old times.
According to geo-archeologist working in the area,
Korush Roustaii, southern parts of Shahrud are
today deserts and dry lands in which even dry
farming is difficult. So if the climatic
conditions are considered the same for 8000 years
ago, it becomes obvious that farming then was
Yet the discovery of items such as sickles for
wheat harvesting and other farming tools triggered
the experts to find out more about the matter, and
they succeeded to find remains of some temporary
waterways made by humans as irrigating sources for
their farms, explained Roustaii.
The evidence proves that ancient residents of most
of the 8000-year-old archeological sites of the
southern parts of Shahrud had defeated the dry
climatic conditions and initiated farming.
Most of these sites date back to the Neolithic
times, and were left derelict afterwards;
therefore intact evidence of life at the time
could be found in the area, however not much
studies have so far been carried out there.