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of the Central Plateau should be Rewritten Due to the Discovery of a
13 March 2006
(CAIS) -- Discovery of the traces of an ancient river
belonging to the fifth millennium BC in Mafin Abad historical hill provided some
important information about the cultural and economical life in Central Plateau
of Iran for archaeologists.
Archaeologists believe that an important event must have happened in the region
which led to some atmospheric changes in Central Plateau of Iran and terminated
the trend of urbanization life in this region.
Prior to this, it was supposed that Central Plateau of Iran was has always been
a desert and therefore the existence of some civilizations in this region such
as Cheshmeh Ali remained a mystery to archaeologists. However, discovery of the
traces of a historical river in the region changed the archaeological beliefs.
“Remains of a historical river which was discovered during the archeological
excavations in Mafin Abad region, changes the current attitudes towards the
atmospheric condition of the Central Plateau. With the recent discovery, the
former archeological beliefs about the economical and social situation of
Central Plateau of Iran during ancient times will be revised,” said Ahmad
Chaichi, director of archaeological research center and head of excavation team
in Mafin Abad.
According to Chaichi, discovery the remains of a river in this region may result
in finding out how some rich civilizations were established in the region. Now
the question is that what happened some 6,000 years ago which caused the
civilizations that were going towards urbanization came to a sudden end.
Archeological excavations in Mafin Abad historical site which have been started
since January this year, has led to some important accomplishments about the
biological and cultural situation of Central Plateau of Iran.
Chaichi believes that discovery the remains of a river in the region indicate
the development of culture and civilization in Cheshmeh Ali region in Central
Plateau. On the other hand discovery of a large number of spindles indicate that
Mafin Abad was an industrialized region in Central Plateau of Iran during
“In addition to spindles, some pottery equipments were also discovered in the
region which indicates industry development of pottery during ancient times. The
standard method of producing clays indicates that this industry was reached to a
developed situation in the course of history,” explained Chaichi.
Mafin Abad Tepe is located in Eslamshahr in south of Tehran. It is near Vavan
Tepe which belongs to the Sasanid dynastic era.
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