The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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
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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