Wednesday, June 28, 2006

5000-Year-Old Settlement Areas Found in Bolaghi Gorge
Archeologists in Bolaghi Gorge succeeded in discovering the remains of settlement areas belonging to six different historical periods, the most ancient belonging to 3000 BC.
Tehran, 27 June 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- The third season of archeological excavations in an Achaemenid village in Bolaghi Gorge led to discovery of six residential areas belonging to the pre-historic to the late post-Achaemenid periods. The post-Achaemenid period was followed by the collapse of the Achaemenid dynasty in 330 BC and lasted to the Parthian era in 150 BC.

“Three seasons of archeological excavations in area no. 76 of Bolaghi Gorge, the place where an Achaemenid village had previously been discovered, show that settlement of people in this area goes back to some 5000 years ago and prior to the Achaemenid period (648-330 BC). Among the six settlement periods found in the area, one of them dates back to the pre-historic period, one to the Achaemenid era, and the rest belong to post-Achaemenid era,” said Alireza Asghari, Iranian head of Iran-Italy joint team in area no. 76 of Bolaghi Gorge.