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Discovery of 7000-Year-Old Settlement in Shahr-e Ray


30 July 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists have discovered a 7000-year-old prehistoric site in Hassan-abad village located in vicinity of Shahr-e Ray, southern Tehran. Existence of a large number of red clays resemble to those previously discovered in Cheshmeh Ali historic site and other historical relics belonging to the post-Sasanian period (651 CE afterwards) indicate the continuation of occupancy in this historic site since fifth millennium BCE up to the post-Sasanian period.


Currently, a dyke built by local farmers has left the historic site is in a threatening status. The discovered historic site in Hassan-abad is as ancient as Cheshmeh Ali historic site located in Shahr-e Ray city which was discovered some 72 years ago. Cheshmeh Ali was excavated under supervision of   Eric Schmitt, American archaeologist, during 1933-1936 as a joint project between the University Museum at the University of Pennsylvanian and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.


The historical relics unearthed in this 7000-year-old site including thousands pieces of red clays, intact dishes, engraved earthenware, animal statuettes, spindles, beads, and a few number of stone instruments were then transferred to Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago to be kept in trust for further studies.  




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