(CAIS) -- The first center for research and archive
of animal studies in archeology will start its work from
the coming spring in Iran’s National Museum, reported English-Service
“Unfortunately despite the existence of many historical
sites in Iran and the close relations between human beings
and nature seen in different Iranian ethnic groups, we do
not have a center for archeological and historical studies
on animals. The Dr. Marjan Mashkour, the only
archaeozoologist in Iran, has to carry out her researches
outside the country,” said Mohammad Reza Kargar,
director of Iran’s National Museum.
In order to solve this problem, director of Iran’s
National Museum is going to establish a research center
for animal studies in archeology with the cooperation of
Dr. Mashkour who is also a member of France National
Research Center in Iran’s National Museum.
Considering the development in archeology, studying the
remains of the discovered plants and animals from
different areas will be the main aim of this research
center. Studies on various kinds of animals and plants
will reveal some important secrets about life during
different periods of time.
According to Kargar, this center will be established by
next spring and it will provide facilities for
paleontologists to carry out their studies in this
respect. “The bone remains of different animals are
being kept in Iran’s National Museum. Besides, Mrs.
Maskhkour will cooperate with the center by sharing her
enormous findings and researches on this field,”
Establishing relations with scientific organizations
active in this area throughout the world and cooperating
with similar scientific centers in different countries are
the main aims of this center.
In Iran, some animal studies in archaeology have been done
so far by Marjan Mashkour who conducted her research
mostly on the animal remains of Zagheh Tepe. This is one
of the most important historical sites of Iran, located
near Boien Zahra in Qazvin province, with 7000-years of
civilization. The bone remains of sheep, deer, cow, and
some other domestic and wild animals found on the initial
studies on the soil of this region indicate the developing
coexistence of human beings with environment some 7000
More zooarchaeology studies in this historical site led to
the discovery of large amounts of jackal bone remains in
this historical site. This discovery revealed that Zagheh
city had seen two periods of human settlements. There must
have been a 50-year interruption between these two periods
during which the city was abandoned completely by human
beings and occupied mostly by jackals.