The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- In continuing their joint
research in Palaeolithic sites of Gilan province, flint tools and animals bones
belonging to 100,000 years ago have been discovered.
Announcing this news,
Mohammad Reza Bagherian, Iranian head of Iran-South Korea joint team told
Persian service of CHN: “During these researches, two rocky dwellings, two
river terraces, and 13 caves have been excavated which have resulted in
discovery the remnants of animal bones and stone tools belonging to 100,000
years ago in one of these caves. An animal tooth and part of its jaw have been
discovered in the cave which according to Chi Dong Di, they must have dated back
to middle-Palaeolithic (c.100,000 years ago). He further concluded that the
discovered stone instrument should have belonged to the same period as well.”
Iranian-South Korean joint team has
completed the first season of their research project in cities of Rādbār, Rūdsar, Deylamān Siāhkal and Amlash in Gilan province.
Regarding the future
programs of the team, Bagherian explained: “In the next seasons we will
continue our excavations in western parts of Gilan province. South Koreans are
also determined to continue their archaeological excavations in some of the
Based on an agreement
between Iran’s Archaeology Research Centre, head of the committee of
Asia-Pacific Regional Organization of ICOM, one of South Korean archaeologist,
and director of South Korean National Museum, a research project has been
undertaken in the Stone Age and Palaeolithic areas of Gilan province during a
one year project and if everything goes well, the duration of the project may
extend to five years. The project began on 16th of July 2007.
Palaeolithic age is one of
the most prominent archaeological periods in history of Gilan province.
Therefore, in an attempt to uncover many unknowns about this period, a large
amount of studies have been conducted so far by Iranian and foreign
archaeologists in this province. Two years ago a Japanese team completed their
research in the area after carrying out five seasons of archaeological
excavations in historical sites of Gilan province the result of which is due to
be published in a near future.
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