will be the second stage of the last phase of research.
The team completed its first stage in late August this
year,” Ali Jahani, an Iranian member of the
archaeological team, told the Cultural Heritage News (CHN)
agency, adding that the
findings of the last phase would be restudied
during the new phase.
first stage was dedicated to the restudy of previous
years’ findings of the late Iranian archaeologist Ali
Hakimi at the cemetery of the Kaluraz ancient site, which
are kept at the National Museum of Iran. Now the Japanese
team has returned to begin the second stage along with the
Iranian team,” Jahani explained.
joint team plans to revise the information gleaned from
the findings of the last four phases of excavations in the
Rostamabad region. The Iranian part of the team, led by
Mohammadreza Khalatbari, is currently working on Kaluraz,
which is one of the many ancient sites of the Rostamabad
early November, Khalatbari’s team unearthed ruins of a
number of architectural structures believed to date back
to the Parthian era. They previously unearthed
3000-year-old gray shards in the lower strata of the site,
which dates back to the first millennium BC. The
archaeologists believe these items indicate that Kaluraz
was a residential area during the Iron Age.
most significant achievement of the Japanese is the map of
Gilan’s archaeological sites that they prepared during
the previous phases of excavations. The map details 90
sites which have been discovered in Gilan over the
years,” Jahani said.
joint team also made the first discovery of a Neolithic
Age site in Gilan near the Sefidrud River in September
2004. The archaeologists have estimated that the Neolithic
site is nearly 7500 years old.
Japanese collaboration, which will be concluded with the
end of the new stage, is based on an agreement they singed
with Iranian officials for excavations at Gilan’s
ancient sites in 2001.