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Discovery of 105 Archeological Sites in Lorestan

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Discovery of 105 archeological sites belonging to the Neolithic epoch to the Islamic period in the vicinity of the city of Poldokhtar in Lorestan province points to the existence of continual life in this area during different periods of time.

Tehran, 9 January 2007 (CHN) -- Archeological excavations in the city of Poldokhtar in Lorestan province led into discovery of 105 archeological sites dating back to the Neolithic epoch to the Islamic period. Most of the discovered areas belong to the Elamite (3400-550 BC) and Achaemenid (550-330 BC) dynastic eras.

Announcing this news, Ali Akbar Vahdati, head of the excavation team in Poldokhtar, said: "Based on our timetable, excavations in the vicinity of Poldokhtar are anticipated to be done in three stages, two of which have already been performed. During our latest studies in the region, we have mainly focused on the southern parts of Poldokhtar and around Kalmakareh cave."

Discovery of large numbers of historical relics in Kalmakareh including silver objects by illegal diggers and local inhabitants in 1980 brought to light the historic importance of this area for the first time and attracted the attention of archeologists who rushed to the region to rescue the remaining artifacts from being plundered. Initial studies on the remaining evidence showed that the majority of artifacts in the region belong to the Achaemenid dynastic era.

On the other hand, discovery of large numbers of Elamite relics in the area as well as Elamite scripts on some silver vessels unearthed indicates that life existed in the region long before the Achaemenid dynastic period and extends even to the prehistoric era.

Moreover, historic evidence shows that the region was a temporary settlement for nomadic tribes during the Iron Age who settled in the heights.

Earliest archeological excavations at Kalmankareh are reported to have been carried out by the prominent Iranian archeologist Motamedi. However, due to difficulties on the path of the excavation, archeological studies in the region were left incomplete. The new phase of excavations is now aiming to reveal more historic facts about life in western Iran during different periods of time.

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