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Shahroud Plain Temporary Abode of Neolithic People

 

17 March 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archeological excavations at the ancient sites of ’Kalateh Khan’ and ’Qafkhaneh’ located in the plains of Shahroud, in Semnan province, has disclaimed the belief that the region was once the permanent human habitat during the Neolithic Age, CHN reported.


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 in the Central Iranian Plateau.


Head of excavation team at the sites, Kourosh Roustaei said that the findings still do not establish how the temporary settlements in the area were formed.


“One of the assumptions is that Shahroud Plain was first settled by nomads but further studies are needed to prove this,“ he noted.


Describing these sites as similar to the historical site ’Dehkheir’ in Shahroud Plain in terms of antiquity and form of settlement, Roustaei hoped that similar cultural items like kilns will be unearthed from Dehkheir.


Carbonized seeds and fossilized animal bones were discovered in the first round of excavations in Kalateh Khan and Qafkhaneh sites.

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