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Iran, UK teams to study Zagros Mountains

Source: Press TV

Hassan Fazeli

Iranian and British archeologists are investigating the economic, cultural and rural life developments in Iran's Zagros Mountains.

The team includes botanists and zoologists who will carry out research about urbanism in the Neolithic era in Zagros Mountains for the first time.

"Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), the University of Hamedan, University College London (UCL), and several other universities are taking part in the joint project aimed at surveying the economic, cultural, architectural developments of village dwellers of the central Zagros," said the Director of the Iranian Archeological Research Center, Hassan Fazeli, on Thursday.

Zagros Mountains from space (source: NASA)

Fazeli pointed out that the 5-year project would re-examine the research carried out by the American archeologist Robert John Braidwood in the central Zagros which led to the discovery of Ganj Dareh and Sarab in the Kermanshah district of southwestern Iran in the 1960s and 70s.

"The first phase of the research includes stratification and remote sensing which will take approximately two months," he added.

The archeology team began their research in the area on July 17, 2008.

The Zagros Mountains make up Iran's and Iraq's largest mountain range. They have a total length of 1 500 km from western Iran, on the border with Iraq to the southern parts of the Persian Gulf. The mountain range ends at the Straits of Hormuz. The highest points in the Zagros Mountains are Zard Kuh (4548 m) and Mt. Dena (4359 m). The Hazaran massif in the Kerman province forms an eastern outlier of the range, the Jebal Barez reaching into Sistan. (source: Wikipedia)

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