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Archeologists in Search of More Iron Age Evidence in Zanjan


23 September 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Following the approval of Iran’s Archeology Research Center, archeologists have started their excavations in Hamid Abad cemetery dating back to the Iron Age. The cemetery is located in the city of Abhar, Zanjan province.


Last year, studies to identify sites dating back to the Iron Age in a 3750 square kilometer area of Zanjan led to the discovery of more than 60 sites dating back to this historic period, one of which was the Iron Age cemetery of Hamid Abad. Several vessels and a bronze arrowhead belonging to the Iron Age were discovered in this cemetery.


According to DavoUd Abiyan, director of ACHTD (Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Abhar), since no ancient site belonging to the Iron Age had ever been studied in Zanjan by archeologists, excavation in this cemetery is very important.


“Among all the sites identified last year which fall in the same period, the Hamid Abad cemetery enjoys unique potentials from a cultural standpoint,” he added.


Abiyan also announced that in order to provide the students of archeology a chance to put their knowledge into practice, the ACHTD of the province has suggested that the students and scientific board members of the Azad University of Abhar get involved with the excavations in Hamid Abad cemetery.


He further said that the result of excavations in this historic cemetery could in fact shed light on the relation between settlement areas of northwest Iran to those of the Central Plateau. “Existence of numerous evidence belonging to the Iron Age in Zanjan province, especially in the city of Abhar, could be used as a proof to the claim that this part of Iran was considered an important cultural center during that period,” added Abiyan.


The most prominent sites dating back to the Iron Age, however, are situated in Iran’s Central Plateau as well as north and northwest Iran, making the new discoveries in Zanjan extraordinary as no such evidence of the Iron Age had ever been seen in this part of the country.



Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency

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