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Siyalk Introduced to UNESCO as World’s Oldest Village

Saturday, May 3, 2008

After the beginning of the first season of international explorations and new archeological studies at the ancient Siyalk Hill, the site is to be introduced to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the world’s oldest village.

Hassan Fazeli Nashli, head of Archeology Research Institute who is also heading the archeological mission of Siyalk, has noted that after discovery of agricultural communities at the center of the Iranian plateau, turning Siyalk into a museum site and introducing it as the world’s oldest village to UNESCO are major goals of the current season of archeological explorations.

He also added that the excavations, which will be attended by archeologists and scientists from England, Italy, France, Germany, and many other countries as well as Tarbiat Modarres University and Tehran University, will take 5 years.

Sadeq Malak Shahmirzadi who had already led explorations at Siyalk Hill for 5 years said the new season will include continuation of his efforts and finding answers to new questions. Head of the Archeology Research Institute has noted that there are 14 meters of rural cultural layers in Northern Siyalk which can provide archeologists with valuable information and introduce the village to the world.

Head of the archeological team of Siyalk has been quoted as saying that during the 5-year-program, development of human life from caves to rural and then to urban communities at the central Iranian plateau is to be studied.

Siyalk is the most important prehistoric hill in Iran which is more than 8,000 years old and was first explored by Roman Greshman in the 1930s.

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