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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©


Rodent Bones and Palaeolithic Tools Dug up in Esfahan

 

 

 

11 September 2005

 

The archaeological excavations in Qaleh Bozi cave, south west of Isfahan, led to the discovery of the remaining bones of rodents, and a kind of stone chipping tool belonging to the middle Paleolithic period.

The archaeologists found the stone tools which are an evidence of human beings once living in the area, through sifting the sediments which had been extracted or moved during the previous illegal excavations.

“Illegal excavations have seriously harmed the sediments of the caves, and our work now is to sift these sediments,” said Fereydoon Biglari, director of the Paleolithic research department of Iran’s National Museum.

The discovered tools date back to the middle Paleolithic period (around 40 to 100 thousand years ago) or even earlier times.

According to Biglari, more zoology and fossil studies must be carried out to determine the exact type of the rodents whose bones have been discovered in the cave. The bones are also important considering that they’ll help out experts know more about the region’s climate during the ancient times.

It is supposed that further excavations would lead to the discovery of more important layers which will provide archaeologists with more information on the site and its history.

 

 

 

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