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6000-Year-Old Settlement Discovered behind Kalan Dam


08 May 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Latest archaeological excavations in area known as Shat-e Ghileh located at deepest part of the reservoir of Kalān Dam, led into identifying a residential settlement area dating back to 6000 years ago.


Announcing this news, Hassan Rezvani, head of excavation team behind Kalan Dam in Malāyer told Persian service of CHN: “Considering that 6000-year-old evidence have been discovered both in this area and Patapeh hill, which is our main target for salvation works behind Kalan dam, we believe that there must have been a direct relation between these two historical areas.”


Located 3-kilometre distance of Pātapeh historic hill, archaeologists are trying to trace residential settlements in the area in an attempt to unveil some secrets about residency in Hamadān province during 4th millennium BC.


Expressing his appreciation for the cooperation of authorities of Kalan Dam with the archaeology team, Rezvani explained that more than 400,000 US Dollars is required to complete their excavations in Patapeh, parts of which have been provided so far.


Having 22 meters height, Patapeh historic hill is the biggest hill in Iran which archaeologists have ever started salvation works in an attempt to rescue its historical evidence before inundation of the dam.


Archaeologists are determined to excavate all parts of this historic hill to reach to pure soil and identify historical evidence ranging in date from 6000 years ago to Islamic period (651 afterwards). They are also due to give a comprehensive report from their excavations to Iran’s Archaeology Centre at the end of each excavation season.  





Extracted From/Source*: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)


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