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.CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF IRAN©

 

Neolithic Nutrition Habits Unraveled

 

12 March 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- After discovering evidence of some plant and animal species (in form of carbonized seeds) during their first season of excavations in the ancient sites of ’Kalateh Khan’ and ’Qafkhaneh’ located in Shahrood Plain in Semnan province, archaeologists are studying to achieve more understanding of the condition of nutrition habits and lifestyle of people during the Neolithic Age.


The antiquity of the two sites of ’Kalateh Khan’ and ’Qafkhaneh’ dates back to the 7th and 8th millennia BC respectively and they are among the oldest sites of Iran’s Central Plateau.


On the details of first season of archaeological excavations in the region, Kourosh Roustaei, head of excavation team in the sites of ’Kalateh Khan’ and ’Qafkhaneh’ said, “During this season of excavations which began one month ago and will probably take one more month, a great number of soundings are being carried out to support the hypotheses about the ’Cheshmeh Ali Era’ which is one of the oldest ages of civilization in Iran’s Central Plateau.“


Roustaei considered the discovery of carbonized plant seeds and animal bones as the most important achievements of this season of excavation in these sites and added, “With the study of these evidence, we can attain some valuable information on the condition of nutrition and lifestyle of the people at that time and also about the plants and animals during the Neolithic Age.“


There is a possibility to discover some architectural objects from these sites during the later excavations, the archaeologist said adding, “Excavation operation is currently being carried out in a site measuring 2m by 2m, but with the beginning of the next excavation seasons, the excavations will be conducted over a wider area.“


According to Roustaei, the evidence obtained will be transferred to Tehran for further studies after the end of the first season of excavation in these sites.

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