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Pre-historical Evidence Discovered in Mehr Ali Farsi Tepe


17 August 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Discovery of a large number of artifacts including seals, bullae, and the remains of earthen architecture, earthenware dishes, and animal bones all indicate the existence of human settlement in Mehr Ali Farsi hill locating at the back of Mullah Sadra Dam during pre-historical periods.

“Archeological salvage operation have been started in pre-historical hill of Mehr Ali Farsi since the last week of July 2006. During this short period of excavations, archeological studies show that this historical site must have dated back to the fourth and fifth millennium BCE. However, this historical site will be submerged by the continuation of flooding Mullah Sadra dam. A large number of seals, bullae, and animal bones have been discovered so far in this historical hill which belong to these pre-historical period. In addition these historical evidence revealed that the existence of human settlement goes back to different periods of Iranian history, archeologists are hoping to find the traces of which with continuing their excavations in this historical site,” said Azizollah Rezayi, head of archaeological team in Mehr Ali Farsi historical site, speaking to CHN (Cultural Heritage News Agency).

Mehr Ali Farsi is located just in the last reaches of the reservoir of Mullah Sadra Dam, and with lowering the level of water of the dam, this historical site could have been saved from being drown. With inundation of Mullah Sadra Dam some parts of Mehr Ali Farsi hill have already been submerged and Iran lost part of her heritage. Archeologists currently are trying to salavage the remaining parts of the hill.

“We had received the license for carrying out the excavations in this historical hill. However, since the Ministry of Energy who was in charge of paying for the excavation expenses, refused to fulfill its commitments within the determined time, we lost a one- month valuable opportunity during which we could have excavated a large area of the hill. Now the weather is getting cold and we would be able to continue the excavations until the end of summer,” added Rezayi.

Mehr Ali Farsi is one of the most important archeological sites of Fars province and archeological excavations in this pre-historical site could lead into revealing many unknown facts about the pre-historic period of Fars province. Despite the fact that this historical site had been identified before the inundation of Mullah Sadra Dam, the Islamic regime' authorities in charge of dam have pruposly neglected the necessity for carrying out excavations in this area and started the flooding of the dam in a very short time.







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