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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF IRANIAN WORLD©

 

7 Prehistoric Cave Dwellings Discovered in Mazandaran

 

26 April 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Seven ancient caves which once served as prehistoric dwellings have been discovered in the northern province of Mazandaran indicating that the area was a human settlement prior to development of rural and urban communities.

 

Director of the Research Center on Ancient Caves Ali Mahforouzi told CHN that the site was discovered between the cities of Neka and Behshahr. There are seven caves from the Pleistocene and Holocene era dating back to 12,000 years and 15,000 years ago respectively.


“So far, evidences of cave dwellers have been found in Mazandaran province. Recently, seven caves were discovered in the region proving that human beings used to live there about 12,000 years to 15,000 years ago.“


He said that the caves of Koumishan, Huto and the Belt have so far been identified as human dwellings in the province but the discovery of the seven caves has reinforced the belief that Mazandaran province enjoys longstanding civilization.


Relics dating back to Iron Age (25,000 years ago) have also been discovered from the caves, he pointed out.


The seven caves are located at an altitude of 1,400 meters from the sea level.


He suggested that the first urban life took shape in the provincial city of Gohar-Tapeh some 10,000 years ago.

 

 

 

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