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Evidence of Palaeolithic Settlement Found in the North of Iran


28 November 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Studies by Iranian and Russian archaeologists under a joint team led into discovery of 50 pre-historic sites belonging to the Palaeolithic era with evidence of human existence dating back to sometime between 800,000 to one million years ago. The discoveries were made while archaeologists were studying four northern Iranian provinces of Ardebil, Gilān, Māzandarān , and Golestān.


According to Mohsen Zeidi, member of Iran’s Archaeology Research Centre and the Iranian head of the joint Iranian-Russian team, the recent researches were complementary to those undertaken by archaeologists of other Caspian Sea regional states including Russia, and newly formed states of Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan to find more traces of Palaeolithic settlement around the Caspian Sea.


“Iranian archaeologists accompanied by their Russian counterparts have studied the northern Iranian province for one month and identified 50 areas belonging to the Palaeolithic era. Out of the discovered prehistoric sites, 30 were found in Ardebil province,” said Zeidi.


Regarding the exact age of these prehistoric sites, Zeidi explained: “It is not easy to determine the exact age of these areas; however, the most ancient one which has so far been identified is estimated to date back to 800,000 to one million years ago.”  


Other evidence of human settlement has also been observed in other 20 discovered areas in Gilān, Māzandarān, and Golestān provinces which belong to the same period. “Most of the stone tools dating back to the Palaeolithic era have been discovered along the shores of the rivers flowing to and from the Caspian Sea,” added Zeidi.


The outcomes of the researches by the joint team of Iranian and Russian archaeologists, working under the supervision of Mohsen Zeidi from Iran and Derevianko from Russia, will soon be published in Persian, Russian, and French languages.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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