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Signs of Prehistoric Life on Qazvin Hills


16 April 2006




LONDON, (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 days.

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 eras.“

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.






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