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5/9/07

International Team to Chronicle Tole Bashi

By Soudabeh Sadigh

An international team of Iranian, American, and German archeologists is determined to chronicle the 4-meter hill of Tole Bashi in Fars province.

Tehran, 9 May 2007 (CHN) - In an attempt to reveal the situation of people's life during the prehistoric period in Fars province, Iranian archeologists are determined to start chronicle works in Tole Bashi 7000-year-old hill in conjunction with German and American archeologists.

"Located 40 kilometers distance of Persepolis world heritage site, northwest of Marvdasht plain, it is estimated that Tole Bashi historical hill dates back to Neolithic period (some 5500 BC) to Bacon era (3800-3200 BC). Therefore with stratigraphy works on historical layers of this ancient hill, archeologists are determined to study human settlement in Fars province chronologically ," said Kamyar Abdi, head of excavation team in Tole Bashi to CHN.

According to Abdi, this is the first time archeologists are determined to conduct stratigraphy works in an effort to identify human settlement in Fars province during prehistoric period in a systematic chronological order. In order to complete their researches, Iranians have invited American and German experts in sub-archeology fields to join them in this mega project.

Head of excavation team in Tole Bashi further said: "Two methods will be implemented during chronological works in the area, including comparative chronology during which archeology team will carry out archeological excavations in the area, and implicit chronology during which Carbon 14 testing and other age-determining tests will be conducted on the materials which have been achieved in the area."

Pointing out that the other aim of these excavations is to find more about people's method of life in this historic hill some 5000 years ago, Abdi said: "We do not know much about people's livelihood during Bacon epoch in Fars province. Therefore, with conducting level excavations on the hill, we are hoping to find residential evidence belonging to this important period."

Regarding the modern archeological methods which will be picked up by excavation team during this research, Abdi explained: "In addition to separating bones from other materials such as stones and clays, all the dug soil will be sieved completely. We are also determined to separate the slightly planet soil from heavy soil to reach to more information about the region."

Iranian Fars province is one of the richest historical provinces in Iran which enjoys a great potential for archeological studies. Fars province has hosted a large number of Iranian and foreign archeological teams so far, who have brought into light some invaluable information about this prehistoric province.

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