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Middle East Oldest Village Found In Iran

 

25 May 2009

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian and British archeologists have discovered the Middle East's oldest village which dates back to 9,800 BCE in western Iran, Press TV reported.

The unique archeological discovery reveals Iran was the main Neolithic center of the Middle East.

"The historical site dates back to 9,800 BCE and evidence suggest inhabitance in the site continued until 7,400 BCE," said Hassan Fazeli, the director of Iran's Archeology Research Center.

Archeologists believe such findings prove that Iran's dwellers moved out of caves around 11,800 years ago and settled in plains.

Such discoveries strengthen the theory that with Iran being the main Neolithic center of the Middle East, the region was not only the center of agriculture.

"Cultural officials plan to introduce the oldest human dwelling to the UNESCO," Fazeli said adding "Opening the historical site for public viewing is a step to initiate the plan."

 

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: Iran Press TV  [*]

  

 

 

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