The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Five archaeological
teams have been sent to East-Azarbaijan Province to carry out rescue excavations
at the reservoir of the Khoda-Afarin Dam.
Many Bronze Age sites
will be submerged by the dam after it becomes operational, Archaeological
Research Centre of Iran (ARCI) Director Mohammad-Hassan Fazeli Nashli told the
Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.
The rescue operation
needs more teams due to the large expanse of the sites, he added.
The teams are being
led by Alireza Hojabri-Nobari, Ali Zarlaqi, Bahram Ajorlu, Mohammad Feiz-Khah,
experiments will be carried out on the artefacts being unearthed in the sites
and the results will be considered as a primary database of the Bronze Age in
northwestern Iran,” Fazeli Nashli said.
“The dam has been
completed one year ago and its filling was postponed following an ARCI’s
appeal for rescue excavations, which are being financed by the dam’s
officials,” he added.
“Some artefacts, which been have unearthed so far, are intact and they can be displayed in a site-specific museum if the dam’s officials are willing to finance its construction,” Fazeli Nashli noted.
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