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Joint Iranian-British Archaeological Team Working in Western Iran


30 August 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- A joint Iranian and British archaeological team is currently working in prehistoric site of Sheikiabad Tappeh in the Dinvar region of Kermanshah Province.


Iranian Professor 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.


“Sheikiabad Tappeh 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.


According to 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 area.”


The initial studies show that the Sheikiabad Tappeh dates back to the beginning of the 8th millennium BCE, Matthews said.


The recent 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.


Matthews believes 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.




Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]




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