Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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of Prehistoric Occupation Discovered in Shahrud
03 March 2006
(CAIS) -- Discovery of an 8000-year-old oven in
Shahrud, a city in Semnan Province, revealed some evidence regarding the
lifestyle of the people who lived in Shahrud Plain around 6000 BC. This
discovery raised new questions about the lifestyle and crafts of the inhabitants
of the region during the Neolithic epoch and before.
Soundings and stratigraphical works during the first season of excavations in
Deh Kheir area, the area in which the oven was discovered, led to the discovery
of some other heating systems in this pre-historical site. A similar oven has
also been found during the second season of excavations.
“Discovery of these heating systems has helped in understanding the historical
identification of these heating elements and the lifestyle and crafts of the
people who lived in Shahrud Plain 8000 years ago,” said Hassan Rezvani, head
of excavation team in Deh Kheir historical site.
“In addition to crafts workshops and ovens, some clays and evidence of
settlements were also found during the excavations which have increased the hope
for finding more architectural remains in this area. A pile of burnt soil was
found in the western part of the oven which has strengthened the possibility of
the existence of pottery workshops in this area,” added Rezvani.
According to this archaeologist, the most important characteristic of these
ovens is their lids which are built in such a way to allow air circulation in
these ovens. He also expressed hope to find more ancient architectural evidence
and ovens in the lower layers of the area.
The pre-historical site of Deh Kheir is located in Shahrud Plain, 15 kilometers
from the city of Shahrud and near Deh Kheir Village. Archaeological excavations
in different parts of Shahrud Plain reveal the existence of life in this area
during 7-5 millennium BC.
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