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Shirin-Ubaid link Examined
27 February 2006
(CAIS) -- Discovery of some clay artefacts from Ubaid
culture (5,000-4,000 BCE) in the city of Qasr-e Shirin (Kōšk-e
) has laid the origin and
destination of this city's migrants about 6,000 years ago under ambiguity.
In the period
5,000-4,000 BCE much of Mesopotamia shared a common culture, called Ubaid after
the site where the evidence for it was first found. The culture, which is
characterized by a distinctive type of pottery, had its origins on the flat
alluvial plains of southern Mesopotamia (today known as Iraq). Indeed, it was
during this period that the first identifiable villages developed in this
region, where people farmed the land and fished the rivers and sea (Persian
want to know whether these migrants came to this region from Mesopotamia or they
were travelling among different regions of Zagros Mountains.
of the surveys and identifications in this city led to the discovery of 75
ancient sites most of which belong to the Ubaid culture," said Ali Hajbari,
head of archaeological team in Qasr-e Shirin.
"Archaeologists are also trying to find out whether these clays are
indicators of a kind of economic and cultural connection between this region and
Mesopotamia," added Hajbari.
On the new 75 discovered sites in the region, Hajbari said, "Due to
existence of different rivers, including Tangab, Cham, Gilan'e Gharb and Kangir
around the sites, they enjoyed more suitable climatic conditions for settlement.
Special geographical and climatic conditions are chief factors behind the
short-term stops of these migrants."
Prior to this, archaeological excavations in Qasr-e Shirin led to the discovery
of 35 historical sites belonging to the Neolithic (6,500 BCE) and Chalcolithic
periods (5,000-3,000 BCE).
Qasr-e Shirin the Sasanid Kōšk-e
is the name of a historic city in Kermanshah Province, west of
Iran. During his reign, Khosrow II Parviz, the Sasanid King of Kings, built
several palaces in this city including a palace (MP.
he named after his queen, Shirin.
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