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8/8/07

Discovery Moustrian Stone Tools and Animal Remnants in Gilan

Tehran, 8 August 2007 (CHN) - In continuing their joint research in Paleolithic sites of Gilan province, a stone tool belonging to Moustrian people, more than 100,000 years ago, and remnants of animals dating back to the same epoch have been discovered.

Announcing this news, Mohammad Reza Bagherian, Iranian head of Iran-South Korea joint team told CHN: "During these researches, two rocky dwellings, two river terraces, and 13 caves have been excavated which have resulted in discovery the remnants of animal skeletons and stone tools belonging to 100,000 years ago in one of these caves. An animal tooth and part of its jaw have been discovered in the cave which according to Chi Dong Di, they must have dated back to Moustrian epoch, more than 100,000 years ago. He further concluded that the discovered stone instrument should have belonged to the same period as well."

Iranian-South Korean joint team has finished the first season of their research project in cities of Roudbar, Deylaman Siahkal, Amlash, and Roudsar in Gilan province.

Regarding the future programs of the team, Bagherian explained: "In next seasons we will continue our excavations in western parts of Gilan province. South Koreans are also determined to continue their archeological excavations in some of the identified caves."

Based on an agreement between Iran's Archeology Research Center, head of the committee of Asia-Pacific Regional Organization of ICOM, one of South Korean archeologist, and director of South Korean National Museum, a research project has been undertaken in the Stone Age and Paleolithic areas of Gilan province during a one year project and if everything goes well, the duration of the project may extend to 5 years. The project has come into force sine 16th of July 2007.

Paleolithic epoch is one of the most prominent archeological periods in history of Gilan province. Therefore, in an attempt to uncover many unknowns about this period, a large amount of studies have been conducted so far by Iranian and foreign archeologists in this province. Two years ago a Japanese team wrapped up their excavations in the area after carrying out 5 seasons of archeological excavations in historical sites of Gilan province the result of which is due to be published in a book.

Soudabeh Sadigh foreigndesk@chn.ir

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