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Hesar Key to Ore-Historic Iranian Archaeology
21 February 2007
in an abstracted female form, from Tappeh Hesar, Iran - 2nd millennium BCE
National Museum of Iran
(CAIS) -- Some of the international experts participating in the ongoing
international seminar on the 7,000-year-old Hesār
Culture in Dāmghān, Semnān province, believe that Tappeh
(archaeological mound) Hesar holds the key to Iranian archaeology.
An expert from Italy, Rafaello Iscion told Persian service of IRNA that Hesar is
the biggest mound in the region dating back to the pre-historic era. Human
settlement in the area continued without interruption from the Neolithic era
until the Iron age.
Stating that he has been working on the mound since he was a university student,
he said that he conducted excavations in Tappeh Hesar 30 years ago. “The area
is significant for all archaeologists,“ he said.
Another expert Casanova, who is representing the French Sorbonne University at
the event, pointed out that stone vessels recovered from the area are unique and
not comparable to those found in Mesopotamia and other ancient sites in the
A special style was used in creating the vessels, which is exclusive to Tappeh
Hesar, she noted.
International seminar on the 7,000-year-old culture of Tappeh Hesar began on
Saturday to review the culture and archaeological activities in the area.
Tappeh Hesar, which covers an area of 160 hectares and is located two kilometres
from south Damghan, was excavated for the first time in 1933. It revealed that
the ancient site features three main cultural eras from later Neolithic era up
to the end of Admiralty-Metal period.
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