| 3 January 2018
7,000-year-old structure found in western Iran
Threatened with destruction after construction of a dam across the Jamishan river, the Nadali Beig mound in Kermanshah Province, northwestern Iran, about 400 kilometres west-southwest of Tehran, is a focus of intense study.
Hannan Bahranipour, head of the exploration team says the first season of research work began in March 2017 with the purpose of identifying the ancient layers and cultural sequence. Results indicate two phases of occupation in the fifth millennium BCE, with activity in both the Middle Stone Age and Copper Age.
An 8 metre by 10 metre trench in the southwestern part of the mound revealed several stages of construction, uncovering the remains of residential units related to the everyday activities, as well as a significant number of pottery pieces.
Edited from IRan Daily (25 December 2017)
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