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CNRS Wraps up Excavations in Yazd


19 June 2005


French CNRS experts and Iranian archaeologists working in the historical sites of Mehriz region, central province of Yazd, unearthed some animal fossils and potsherds dating to the prehistoric times toward the end of their second excavation season there.

Wrapping up their work for the time, Iranian and French experts succeeded to collect animal fossils and potsherds which based on primary studies are from the prehistoric times.

“Excavations were mostly carried out in a depth of 3/30 meter and several animal fossils and pieces of pottery were found. However, no human remains have yet been uncovered,” explained a member of the excavation team, Farzad Forouzanfar.

More detailed information about the discoveries necessitates further laboratory tests and studies, which will be carried out later on. The excavation will be wrapping up for now, but will be continued next year with better equipments to enable the experts to dig into large rocks existing in the area.

A five-year bio-anthropological project is being carried out in the mountainous area of Mehriz, in the central province of Yazd, with experts of France’s CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Iranian experts of the Archaeology Research Center of the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and the Tehran University cooperating. The project was launched in 2004, aiming to provide a paleontology map of the region and give in biological anthropological information of it.

CNRS experts are now to head toward Damavand Mountains and the northern city of Amol for further studies.



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