to an agreement signed between the Archaeological
Research Center and the University of Tsukuba,
several Iranian archaeologists and eight experts
from the Japanese university will begin work at
the site next month,” Karim Alizadeh added.
to the dearth of studies on Iranian Neolithic
caves, the upcoming studies on the two caves will
be very important,” he noted.
caves are located in the area that is to become
the reservoir of the Sivand Dam, which is
scheduled to come on stream in March 2006,
flooding some very significant ancient sites.
Bolaghi is situated only four kilometers away from
Pasargadae, the first capital of the Achaemenid
dynasty (about 550-331 BC) and the residence of
Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian
Empire. Even the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great is
believed to be at risk. Pasargadae was registered
on UNESCO’s World Heritage List last July.
Bolaghi also contains sites from the Paleolithic
period, the early, middle, and late Elamite era
(2700-645 BC), and the Sasanid era (224-651 CE).
the Iranian experts, teams of Italian, French,
Polish, German, Australian, and Japanese
archaeologists have been assigned to save 129
ancient sites at Tang-e Bolaghi.
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.