The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Professor
Kidong Bae and several outstanding South Korean archaeologists are currently in
Iran to prepare for a joint summer research project with Iranian experts in
Professor Kidong Bae who
is the project’s co-director and director of Hanyang University’s Institute
of Cultural Properties gave some details about their project at a press
conference held here on Tuesday.
He said that during his
previous talks with the officials of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and
Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), a memorandum of understanding (MOU) had been
signed between the Iranian and Korean parties in order to carry out the joint
He went on to say that the
first phase of the assignment had been carried out last summer when Iranian and
Korean archaeologists had performed research at the site in Gilan province which
had led to some new findings.
Prof. Bae continued, “We
surveyed more than 20 locations last summer and found some very rich Iron Age
sites in the caves near the Samdor Valley.
“The most important
finding was the Yarshalman cave site which yielded a Mousterian scraper and also
some embedded animal fossils were discovered in the limestone. This is a totally
new finding in this province and it is believed that there will be more signs of
Palaeolithic remains in this region,” he added.
On being asked why he had
chosen to carry out an archaeological project in Gilan, he explained, “I aimed
at finding a very ancient Palaeolithic site which would provide significant
evidence for hominidae dispersal into
Central and Northeastern Asia. This is a new proposition in understanding early
human migration into Eastern Asia.”
The professor later
expressed his pleasure over finding some valuable clues to the existence of
Palaeolithic culture and human migration in Gilan province in the 2007 project.
Professor Kim, Byung-mo,
honorary member of ICOM (International Council of Museums) and Prof. Cho, You-Jeon,
head of Korea’s Land Museum also attended the press conference.
The team of eight Iranian
and nine Korean archaeologists were scheduled to begin the project in January
but it was postponed due to heavy snow in the region. The task will be resumed
in June and July 2008.
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