| 7 October 2004
Ancient pottery found in Iran
Archaeologists working in the southern part of the Cheshmeh-Ali region, south of Tehran, Iran, have uncovered shards of ancient earthenware.
The shards were discovered during renovation work on the ancient Rey Fort and the ruins of an ancient city nearby. The ruins at Cheshmeh-Ali are believed to date back to the 4th and 5th millennia BCE.
Evidence of two different civilisations has been found at the site. The first level investigated contained black pottery with geometrical designs, while the second level had red (and some black) pottery decorated with brown geometrical designs, between which were drawings of mountain goats and deer.
The Cheshmeh-Ali region was first investigated in 1954 and 1955 by a German archaeologist.
Source: Tehran Times (4 October 2004)
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