Archeologists discover evidence of Neolithic settlement in western Iran

Tehran, Oct 10, IRNA - Evidences of short-term settlement has been identified around Ganj Darreh Hill, Kermanshah Province which seems to belong to the Pre-Pottery era and therefore newer than the present settlement on the hill itself.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted head of the first season of explorations in Hill of Harsin, western Iran , Hojjat Darabi as saying on Monday that the exploration is being conducted with the purpose of reviewing the date of the settlement in the area and acquiring information from the beginning of agricultural and livestock activities in the Central Zagros.

He added the exploration depends on the creation of a stratigraphical cut on top of the hill and in the neighborhood of the previous explorations by the Canadian Philip Smith.

Darabi pointed to the exploration of about two meters of upper deposits of the area in the current stratigraphy which has led to the identification and registration of the architectural remains of adobe and clay.

Darabi referred to the identification of evidence of short-term settlement around the hill in the exploration on Ganj Darreh Hill which seem to belong to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic era and newer than the existing settlement on the hill itself.

He added: “Due to the complexity of the stratigraphy operation on Ganj Darreh Hill and the very high amount of architectural remains in it, exploration operation is rather slow in the area and it is hoped that with the completion of stratigraphy in future the research objectives will be realized.”

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