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Human Settlements in Bolaghi Valley Terraced Back to 8000 BCE


14 August 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The second season of archeological excavations carried out by the Iranian-Japanese joint team in Bolaghi Valley led to discovery of the remains of stone tools and the bones of different animals belonging to the Paleolithic age, some 10000 years ago. A cave near Sivand Dam was chosen for the excavations of the Iran-Japan joint team, reported the Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN) on Sunday.

“The excavation team succeeded in identifying a large amount of stone tools dating back to the Paleolithic age which can be very helpful in discovery the method of making tools in this historical site during pre-historic times. In addition to these stone tools, a large amount of animal bones have been discovered during this season of excavations which are very important in discovery the diet habits of people of the area during that era,” said Mohsen Zeidi, Iranian head of Iran-Japan joint team in Bolaghi Valley.

The second season of Iran-Japan joint archeological excavations started from 16th of July and run to 7th of August 2006 in area no TB75. The first season of excavations were carried out in area no TB130 during last summer. According to Zeidi, the sample of coals has been gathered for C14 testing during this season of excavation.

“Comparing the achievements of these two periods revealed that settlement of human beings in this area should have dated back to the beginning of the Paleolithic era in the east of Zagros Mountains. The importance of these achievements is to find out the trend of agricultural development and pastoral life in Eastern part of Zagros Mountains. We established two excavation-workshops in the area which we succeeded in discovery of some cultural evidence belonging to the beginning of the Paleolithic age. We will determine the exact time of the discovered evidence through C14 dating system,” added Zeidi.

Bolaghi Valley is an archeological site in Fars province which will be flooded once the nearby Sivand Dam is inaugurated, the date of which has not yet been determined. Archeologists are speeding-up their salvage operations at this historic site to save as much as possible the evidence of thousands of years of civilizations before the entire area is submerged. The salvation project in Bolaghi Valley started with the engagement of eight international and a number of Iranian teams more than two years ago and continues to this day. The recent excavations by the joint Iranian-Japanese team have revealed that the existence of human settlements in Bolaghi Valley dating back to 10,000 years ago.







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