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Iranian Experts Rectify American Archeologists' Dalma Estimates

Source: Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency

Following recent excavations in the Dalma historical hill in northwestern West Azerbaijan province, Iranian archeologists have managed to discover relics of three ancient periods, thus outdating the estimate of their American counterparts who had earlier explored the area.

The hill is one of the most ancient historical sites in the province and is located near a village by the same name. "Following 4 excavations, Iranian archeologists have discovered relics from the Iron, Bronze and Dalma Culture Ages, indicating it is older than what American experts had believed," said archeologist Ebrahim Kharazi.

Prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, a group of U.S. experts had reckoned the hill dates back to 4,800 BC, while recent 3.5-meter-deep excavations have revealed graves ornamented with personal belongings dating to earlier times. Dalma Culture Age refers to a well-known period between 4,800 BC and 4,100 BC in the area.

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