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University Studies Iran’s Prehistoric Remnants
09 August 2007
(CAIS) -- Oxford University lab has begun studies on organic materials found
in prehistoric Iranian sites. Samples of coals from prehistoric eras were submitted to the
university for the purpose by Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and
Tourism Organization (ICHHTO).
Commenting on the studies, head of the ICHHTO’s Archaeology Research Centre
Hassan Fazeli-Nashali said that the remnants were submitted to Oxford to
determine their antiquity with greater accuracy.
He further said that the findings of the studies will be announced this autumn.
So far a total of 14 samples of coals have been sent to the university and the
remaining items will be submitted by March, he noted.
The project aims to seek answers to questions about the final stages of the
prehistoric era in Iran, that is to say the period of transition Stone Age to
Iron Age as well as determining the subcategories of the latter.
Today, in view of cultural differences, Iron Age is classified to Iron Age I,
II, II, he noted, adding that some even believe in the existence of Iron Age IV
which dates back 550 to 150 BCE.
However, at present the nomenclature of Iron Age IV is not used and it is
considered the same as the Achaemenid period (550-330 BCE).
Oxford University studies include chemical-physical methods such as radiocarbon
and potassium-argon (K-Ar) dating, Fazeli concluded.
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