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Palaeontological Studies Underway
06 June 2006
(CAIS) -- The first season of palaeontological
studies has begun by an Iranian-French team in Amol city of Mazandardan, head of
Amol Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department told ISNA Persian service.
Valiollah Chalabi stated that the one-month palaeontological excavations in Amol
aim to study emigration patterns of humans during the Pleistocene Epoch. Iranian
anthropologist Farzad Fourouzanfar together with a professor from Sorbonne
University also take part in the studies.
The Pleistocene is usually dated from between 1.8-1.6 million to about 10,000
years ago, with the end date expressed in radiocarbon years.
According to Chalabi, 200 discovered objects including pieces of bone and stone
tools testify that human beings settled there.
He added that Amol had been the capital of the Caspian province in a period
spanning from Sasanid dynastic era to Mogul invasion.
Preliminary palaeontological studies conducted in the area in 2005 revealed that
the targeted sites belong to prehistoric period.
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