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Middle East Oldest Village Found in Iran

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Active ImageIranian and English archeologists have discovered the Middle East's oldest village which dates back to at least 9800 BC in western Iran.

The unique archeological discovery reveals Iran was the main Neolithic center of the Middle East.

“The historical site dates back to 9800 BC and evidence suggest inhabitance in the site continued until 7400 BC,” said Hassan Fazeli, the director of Iran's Archeology Research Center.

Archeologists believe such findings prove that Iran's dwellers moved out of caves around 11,800 years ago and settled in plains.

Such discoveries strengthen the theory that with Iran being the main Neolithic center of the Middle East, the region was not only the center of agriculture.

“Archeological excavations were launched in Kordavich hill last year, in cooperation with Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Hamedan University and UCL University of London.”

Afzali noted that many valuable evidences have been gathered from there.

The historical site of Kordavich dates back to 9,800 years, which shows Iran’s dwellers moved out of caves around 11,800 years ago and settled in plains.

“Cultural officials plan to introduce the oldest human dwelling to the UNESCO,” Fazeli said adding “Opening the historical site for public viewing is a step to initiate the plan.”

Source: Press TV

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