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Lower Palaeolithic Sites Discovered in Sistan-va-Baluchestan Province


03 September 2009



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Seven sites dating back to the Lower Palaeolithic (c2,000,000–c200,000 BCE) era have recently been discovered in Iran’s southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-va-Baluchestan.


The sites were identified during archaeological studies, which have been carried out over the past few weeks on Mount Khajeh by an Iranian team of experts led by Kurosh Mohammadkhani, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.


Located at a distance of 20 kilometres southwest of the city of Zabol, Mount Khajeh is comprised of a number of trapezoidal-shaped lava flows.


It also contains ruins of mud-brick structures dating back to the Parthian dynasty (248 BCE-224 CE). However, a number of shards from the Achaemenid dynastic period (550-330 BCE) have previously been unearthed at the site.


The mount, a lone peak located in the middle of Hamun Lake (Hamun-i-Helmand), is turned into an island during the rainy seasons of the year.


Only five other sites in Iran from the Lower Palaeolithic era have previously been identified so far, Mohammadkhani said.


One of the sites is located in the Kagia region in Kermanshah Province and another in the bed of the Kashf-Rud River near the village of Baqbaqu in the Khorasan region.


The Ladiz region, located 65 kilometres south of the city of Zahedan in Sistan-va-Baluchestan Province, also has one of Iran’s Lower Palaeolithic sites.


The region in northwestern Iran located among the cities of Tabriz, Maragheh and Mianeh has another site and the fifth is located in the Ganjpar region in the lower strata of the Jalalieh Tappeh in the Kaluraz valley of Gilan Province.






Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]




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