The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A team of Iranian archaeologists has been
assigned to carry out excavations at the Khaleseh Tappeh in northwestern Iran in
the near future.
Traces of habitation dating from the
Neolithic up until the Copper and Stone Ages have been discovered during initial
studies on the mound, which is located in the Khorramdarreh region near the city
of Abhar in Zanjan Province, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday.
The site is surrounded by numerous gardens
which will hinder excavations in such a way that only two hectares will be
available for study.
The work will shed light on ancient
cultural relations between this particular region, Qazvin plain and Iran’s
other northeastern ancient sites, team director Hamidreza Valipur said.
The team has discovered a number of beige-coloured
shards bearing ornamental motifs on the surface of the mound which are similar
to relics previously discovered at Zagheh Tappeh near the city of Qazvin, he
This is the first time that the
Khorramdarreh region is to be studied in relationship to prehistoric ages, he
“Khaleseh is a low mound and we surmise
that we will find remains of early villages and both permanent and temporary
habitations dating back to between 5000-6000 BCE,” Valipur stated.
“Initial studies on remains, including
the shards collected from the surface of the mound, show that it was inhabited
during the Neolithic, Copper and Stone Ages, and later abandoned,” he
However, he pointed out that more studies are needed to confirm the issue.
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