The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists has discovered 105 ancient sites from the Neolithic period to the post-Sasanian era near the city of Poldokhtar in western Iran’s Lorestan Province.
were discovered during the second of three planned seasons of excavations in the
southern part of the region near the ancient Kalmakareh (kalmākaré) Cave, team
director Ali-Akbar Vahdati told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.
team has also discovered several sites dating back to the Iron Age on the
heights near the Kalmakareh Cave which were temporary residences of nomad
migrants to the region, he added.
migrants were not welcomed by the residents of the region, and since they were
nomads, they chose to live on the heights,” Vahdati explained.
of the sites date back to the Elamite era. In 1990, like many other ancient
Iranian sites, the Kalmakareh Cave was excavated by smugglers and local people
rather than archaeologists, and thus many unique silver artifacts, mainly dating
back to the Achaemenid dynastic era, were looted.
an archaeological team was sent to the region to save the remaining artifacts. A
number of the silver artifacts bear inscriptions proving that they date back to
the Elamite period.
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