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Plain Temporary Abode of Neolithic People
17 March 2006
(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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