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of a Neolithic Stone Dwelling in Marvdasht
12 June 2006
(CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations in Marvdasht
Plain in Fars province led to discovery of a 10,000-year-old stone dwelling near
Rahmat Mountain. Archaeologists believe that an advanced technology was used in
the construction of the partition walls of this Neolithic shelter.
“This stone dwelling which was discovered in the foothills of Rahmat Mountain
belongs to the pre-clay era and may possibly be dated back to 12,000 years ago.
There are some delicate stone partition walls in this dwelling in which a
well-developed technology must have been used in order to scrap some of these
partition walls,” said Mohammad Feizkhah, head of excavation team in Marvdasht
According to Feizkhah, this stone shelter is located about 10 meters above the
plain level. Archaeologists also believe that considering the Archaeological
evidence at hand, this stone construction should have been used as a temporary
dwelling by human beings some 10,000 years ago.
“Eshkaft-e Gavi (cow cave) is another shelter which is situated near this
discovered stone dwelling. Therefore, considering the local dialect of the
people of the region, we named this one Eshkaft-e Siahoo (black cave),” added
Discovery of several temporary nomadic settlements belonging to the Achaemenid
dynasty to the post-Sasanid period in this area are among other Archaeological
achievements in Marvdsht plain. Even at present some nomads who pass through the
Marvdasht plain set their temporary settlements in this region.
Prior to this, Archaeological excavations and geophysical studies by the joint
Iranian-French team in Fars province had led to unearthing of an irrigation
channel belonging to the Achaemenid dynastic era (530-330 BCE) in an area
between Persepolis and the city of Estakhr in Fars province, which is believed
was used to direct the water of Polvar (Sivand) River to Marvdasht Plain where
the ancient palace of Persepolis is located.
Archaeological excavations in Mavdasht Plain of Fars province has originally
started by a joint Iranian-French team; however, due to some problems arising in
this respect, the French Archaeologists left the area and now the Iranian team
has to continue the excavations by itself.
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