7,000-year-old architectural structure discovered in western Iran

Tehran, Dec 24, IRNA - Archaeologists believe that the architectural structure discovered in the second season of explorations on Nadali Beig Hill belongs to the fifth millennium BC.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT), quoted Hannan Bahranipour, head of the exploration team as saying on Sunday that Nadali Beig Hill is located on the southwest of the city of Sonqor, Kermanshah Province, in the vicinity of the River Jamishan.

“Following the establishment of Jamishan dam over the River Jamishan the hill faced the risk of destruction,' he said.

“The first season of research work within the framework of probing was launched in 1395 (2016 – 2017) with the purpose of identifying the ancient layers and cultural sequence, the results of which indicated that the area belonged to the Copper and the Middle Stone eras and the two phases of Seh Gabi and Dalma in the 5th millennium BC,” he added.

He went on to say that the second season of exploration was conducted in the site for the purpose of identifying the architecture and in the course of the season a trench with the dimensions of 10x8 was explored in the southwestern part of the hill.

“Findings of the exploration have so far included identification of several stages of construction, remains of residential units related to the everyday activities and a significant number of pottery pieces belonging to the Copper and the Middle Stone eras of the 5th millennium BC,” Bahranipour noted.

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