Oct 23, 2018, 6:24 PM
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Paleolithic settlements discovered in northern Iran

Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA -- The traverse surveying in the area of ​​Hezar Jarib in Mazandaran Province led to the discovery of some Paleolithic settlements in that area.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted Elham Qassidian, head of the archeology team, as saying on Monday that in the research plan for the identification of the south corridor of Mazandaran Sea, the joint research delegation from Mazandaran Cultural Heritage General Department, the Archeology Center, and Foundation for Human Evolution Studies of Cambridge University conducted intensive traverse surveying east of Mazandaran Province, especially in Hezar Jarib area on the heights of the cities of Neka, Behshahr and Galogah.

The archaeologist further remarked that the geologic conditions of the mountainous in Hezar Jarib area have caused formation of numerous caves and shelters.

She added that the use of the shelters located on the foothills was important for the people in the Paleolithic era because it would dominate them to have control of the plain and the flocks of their animals.

Qassidian noted that the survey led to the discovery of a number of Paleolithic settlements in the area, which is indicative of the importance of this region during the Paleolithic period.

She stated that the fact confirms the views of archaeologists from the 1960s over the role the area played as a corridor in the western areas, including the connection of the Caucasus Mountains to eastern regions such as Central Asia.

The archeologist said that with regard to the importance of the area as well as salvation of the layers found in the unauthorized excavated holes, it is hoped that future seasons would be allocated to the probing and salvation operations of the sites.


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