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105 Ancient Sites Discovered in Western Iran


10 January 2007




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.


They 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.


The 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.


“The migrants were not welcomed by the residents of the region, and since they were nomads, they chose to live on the heights,” Vahdati explained.


Most 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.


Afterwards, 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.  




Extracted From/Source: MehNews

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