Dec 16, 2017, 5:23 PM
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Archeologists start explorations in Geriran Hill after 80 yrs

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA - Explorations started in Geriran Hill in Alashtar, Lorestan Province after a delay of 80 years aiming to understand the sequence of settlement layers there.

The area dates back to the Copper Stone, Ilamite, Seleucid and the Parthian eras.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted Head of the archeological team Abbas Motarjem as saying that Geriran Hill which is located in the center of the fertile Alashtar plain in Lorestan Province is the largest site in the plain which has been brought under limited stratigraphy exploration.

For the first time about 80 years ago Aurel Stein explored a number of graves dating back to the Bronze Age in the area and since then no scientific archeological explorations have been conducted there.

“According to the preliminary results which have been obtained from the stepped trench in the western side it seems that uninterrupted settlements from the Copper Stone up to the early Ilamite period have continued in the area, but after that and especially in the Bronze Age it had been turned into a cemetery,” he added.

“What is important is the role of the present research work in the study of the trench of cultural and demographic changes in the eastern area of the Central Zagros which is hoped to be conducted within the framework of medium and short-term field studies with the support of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism and cultural institutions of Lorestan Province,” he reiterated.

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