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Stone Tools Found in Sabzevar
16 October 2006
(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
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
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
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
“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.
From/Source: Iran Daily
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