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6,000-Year-Old Stone Tools Found in Sabzevar


16 October 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Stone relics dating back 6,000 years were found at a historic hill in Sabzevar, northeastern Khorasan province, head of Archeology Office of Sabzevar Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department (SCHHTO) said.

Mohammad Abdollahzadeh Sani told Persian service of IRNA that operations at an ancient mound in the city conducted by a team of Iranian and French archeologists led to the discovery of 6,000-year-old stone objects some two weeks ago.

The official, though, did not disclose the name of the hill where the excavations had been conducted.

Abdollahzadeh Sani explained that the items were discovered from the first stratigraphic layer of the hill.

He added that the stone objects include mortar and pestle as well as small incense and perfume holders.

The official also noted that several stone tools such as knives, blades and war weapons including arrows had been retrieved from other ancient mounds in Sabzevar.

Abdollahzadeh Sani elaborated that items excavated in Sabzevar resemble those obtained from archeological sites in central Iran and the prehistoric Hessar Hill near Damqan, Semnan province.

“Archeologists believe that the tools were used by primitive humans inhabiting Sabzevar four millenniums BCE and prior to migration of Aryans into Iranian plaeau.“

Abdollahzadeh Sani observed that the discovery of earthenware in the city’s historic sites indicates that early settlers of Sabzevar had a rich culture and high intelligence.

“The potteries bear colorful motifs comparable to those excavated in Kashan’s Sialk Hill, in Esfahan province.“

The official expressed hope that further archeological studies would help unravel mysteries surrounding Sabzevar’s past history.

Boasting 600 historic venues, Sabzevar is an ancient city in Khorasan province. It is located 220 km west of the capital city of Mashhad.




Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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