The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A joint Iranian and
British archaeological team is currently working in prehistoric site of
Sheikiabad Tappeh in the Dinvar region of Kermanshah Province.
Yaqub Mohammadifar of Bu-Ali Sina University in Hamedan and Professor Roger
Matthews of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) are
leading the team, which aims to study the process of producing food and
domestication of animals and plants in the central Zagros region.
in the Dinvar region is one of the important sites of the central Zagros region,
which will likely yield information for us in this field,” Mohammadifar told
the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency on Thursday.
Sarab, Asiab, Gordan,
and Ganj-Darreh are other sites in the central Zagros region where there can be
studies seeking this type of information, he added.
Mohammadifar, they have found ruins of some caves in the Sheikiabad Tappeh
nearby as well as the fossils of seeds of wild lentil and barley and the bones
of wild animals.
He described the
discovery as important for Iran and the world, adding, “The findings indicate
that the process of domestication of lentil and barley was first experienced in
The initial studies
show that the Sheikiabad Tappeh dates back to the beginning of the 8th
millennium BCE, Matthews said.
typological studies on the stone tools unearthed from the A stratum of the
Sheikiabad Tappeh indicate that the layer is older than the D stratum of
Ganj-Darreh, he added.
that studies on the Sheikiabad Tappeh site will fill the research vacuum in the
epoch between Palaeolithic and Neolithic ages.
Dr Roger Matthews is a professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at UCL, and was former directors of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq and the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey.
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