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New Research Indicates
Kurab Tepe Dates
Back to 5000 BCE
24 August 2006
(CAIS) -- The first season of stratigraphic research
in Kurab (Kūrāb or Jūrāb) Tepe in Hamadan province led to
discovery of some earthenware belonging to 5000 BCE.
“Previously believed that Kurab Tepe dates back to the
fourth millennium BCE, but the recent discoveries
indicates that most probably it dates back to 5000 BCE,”
said Ali Khaksar, head of excavation team in Kurab Tepe
historical hill to CHN.
The first season of High-Frequency Seismic Sounding System
works in Kurab archaeological mound has started since 7th
of August and will continue up to the end of summer. In
addition to undertake stratigraphy works in order to
determine different archeological layers of this
historical site, the other aim of the Archeological
Research Center of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization of Iran is to clarify the vicinity of this
historical hill which has been surrounded by residential
“Currently the High-Frequency Seismic Sounding System
work have been completed in northern and eastern parts of
the hill and the stratigraphy works of other parts will be
also completed by the end of summer,” added Khaksar.
After establishing the historical boundaries of Kurab
Tepe, cleaning the area up from residential houses is the
other program of the cultural authorities.
ancient site of Kurab which was known as Gūrāb during
the Partho-Sasanian dynastic eras, located 5km from
Malayer, was named after a nearby village where there are ruins of a fortress
(above picture) dating back to the Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224 CE).
to 11th century Persian Poet Fakhr ul-Din Asa'd Gorgani (d. 1073 CE) who
composed the romantic epic of "Vis o Ramin" [originated from the
Parthian/Pahlavi (Middle-Persian) literature], names Kurab, the place where Rāmīn met his lover and future wife Vīs.
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