& CULTURAL NEWS OF IRANIAN WORLD©
of Prehistoric Life on Qazvin Hills
16 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Head of Qazvin
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department underscored the importance of
continuing the second season of excavations in Dolatabad and Meshkinabad hills
to identify stratigraphic layers in Qazvin plain.
Mohammadmehdi Rezapour-Nikrou told reporters that the mentioned hills are
located in central part of Boinaahra city. The excavations were launched on
March 7, he added.
He went on, “Although the two regions have been registered as national
heritage, the new round of excavations will help unveil the stratigraphic
layers, the era and other historical data about the hills.“
Rezapour-Nikrou noted that Leyli Niyakan had directed the team during the first
and second seasons of excavation, adding the current phase season would last 50
Meanwhile, Niyakan mentioned that test trenches dug in the area revealed that
settlements in Dolatabad Hill date back to as early as Prehistoric times.
She noted, “Earlier it was assumed that Dolatabad Hill belonged to the period
from Iron Age to the post-Sasanid (651-861) era.“
She continued, “Stratigraphical examination of the hill divides its history
into Pre-Historic, Iron Age, Sasanid, Post-Sasanid, Ilkhanid and Safavid
Niyakan pointed to the results of last year’s excavations which revealed the
ancient hill was located along the ancient Silk Road.
“After noticing that the site had been subjected to vast plundering by antique
smugglers, archaeologists decided to examine the area,“ she mentioned.
She stated that over 1,000 pieces of earthenware had been discovered from the
hills, most of which date back to post-Sasanid era.
So far, over 2,000 archaeological sites have been identified across Qazvin
plain, some of which stretch back to 8,000 years ago. Traces of the transition
from Sasanid to Post-Sasanid eras have also been disclosed in the area.