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Hoping to Find a 5000-Year Old Civilization in Nader Tepe

By discovery of the remains of a historical fortress belonging to the Islamic period in Nader Tepe, archeologists are hoping to find more ancient layers in this historical site.

Tehran, 15 July 2006 (CHN) -- Discovery of the defensive wall of a military fortress in Nader Tepe historical site, in Ardabil province, has raised new hopes for archeologists to find residential areas belonging to different periods of time in this area.

Initial excavations in Nader Tepe historical site revealed that this area must have been used as a settlement area from the third millennium BC to the starts of the Islamic period in 651 AD.

"After two weeks of stratigraphy works in this historical hill, we succeeded in discovering a defensive wall which is the remains of a military fortress belonging to the Islamic period," said Karim Alizadeh, head of excavation team in Nader Tepe historical site.

Alizadeh believes that this historical site may provide archeologists some important information about different layers of civilization in this part of Iran. "Nader Tepe is one of the few historical sites in northwestern Iran which contains evidence of continual settlement belonging to different historical periods," added Alizadeh.

According to Alizadeh, only the layers belonging to the Islamic period have been excavated and studied so far. "We are hopping to reach to some more ancient layers with the continuation of our archeological excavations in this historical site. We will do our best to finish the stratigraphy studies within the first season; however, we will have to extent the period for another season for carrying out archeological excavations in this historical site," explained Alizadeh.

Nader Tepe, which according to some historical texts is known to have a relation with the Nader Shah's throne and was the place of his coronation in 1736 AD as the first Afshar King, is a rich archeological site in Ardabil province, locating close to the border of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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