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British Archaeologists Excavating Tappeh Sialk

 

14 April 2008

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- British archaeologists are excavating Iran's Tappeh Sialk in a bid to find the origins of agricultural societies during the Neolithic Period, Fars News Agency reported on Sunday.

 

The study being conducted by Durham University, also aims to uncover the mysteries of planting methods used in the Neolithic Sialk and the systematic relations between the mound and its surrounding sites.

 

Although Neolithic people lived individually and in small communities, Sialk boasted a large and complicated society that created impressive artworks including pottery, said Professor Robin Coningham, director of the team and head of Durham University's archaeology department.

 

Plant fibres that we discover will be taken to the UK for carbon 14 radioactive dating, he added.

Archaeologists from Iran, Germany, Britain, Italy and France have been studying the northern mound of Sialk since last week.

 

The Tappeh Sialk, located in the city of Kashan, is believed to be the origin of human technology, industry and religious thought.

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