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Prehistoric Cave Dwellings Discovered in Mazandaran
26 April 2006
(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.
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
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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