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7000-Year-Old Stone Tools Discovered in Bam


30 July 2005



A team of archaeologists recently discovered some 7000-year-old stone tools in Kerman Province, the Persian service of the Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency reported on Saturday.

Researchers say that the tools, which were unearthed at the historical site of Tall-e Atashin, located 30 kilometers from Bam, date back to the 5th millennium BC.


“Once we were informed that villagers were farming in the region, our experts began conducting excavations, leading to this precious discovery,” Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization expert Narges Ahmadi said.


Ancient stone tools can provide valuable information on the lifestyles and economic, cultural, and social conditions of the region in question.


Team director Sonia Shidrang said that the archaeologists have examined almost 200 items, including blades, chips, chisels, and serrated edge tools from the Chalcolithic Era (copper-stone age, 4500-3300 BC), adding that the simple and unsophisticated design of the new discoveries indicates that the region’s inhabitants were not expert toolmakers.


Tall-e Atashin is considered to be one of the world’s most ancient sites.


The Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO), with the assistance of international organizations like UNESCO, has taken significant measures to renovate historical monuments and conduct archaeological studies at sites in the Bam region over the past two years.  




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