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9 April 2006
Prehistoric sites discovered in western Iran

The team of archaeologists working at Sar-e Pol-e Zahab in Kermanshah Province (Iram) recently discovered forty more prehistoric and historic sites. The head of the team, Mahin Kermanjani, said that experts believe that the sites are from the Stone Age, the Copper Age, and the Parthian and Sassanid eras. She stated that the sites begin in the Neolithic era and continue until the Achaemenid and Parthian eras. The function of some of the structures can not be immediately determined, since only their foundations remain, and additional studies are required, Kermanjani explained.
     She went on to say that land mines left over from the Iran-Iraq war in the border towns have created some problems for cultural heritage experts during their excavations, adding that some of the sites have also been used for agricultural purposes by farmers, although experts are still trying to find ruins under those farmlands.

Source: IranMania (9 April 2006)

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