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Evidence of 9,000-year-old farming, animal breeding found in Iran


A group of Iranian archaeologists and researchers have found that farming and animal breeding were practiced some 9,000 years ago around the historical Tepe Ahranjan in Salmas, northwestern Iran.

Evidence of 9,000-year-old farming, animal breeding found in Iran
Aerial view of Tepe Ahranjan archaeological site
[Credit: ISNA]
The discovery was made during a demarcation project aimed to protect the ruined archaeological site of Tepe Ahranjan, ISNA quoted Afrasyab Geravand, head of the project, as saying on Tuesday.


Evidence suggests that Ahranjan hill and its surroundings were one of the first and most important human settlements in the 7th millennium BC in northwestern Iran, Geravand said, adding, it showed that the inhabitants of this area were farmers and animal breeders.

Evidence of 9,000-year-old farming, animal breeding found in Iran
Local officials visit Tepe Ahranjan archaeological site
[Credit: Tehran Times]
Presence of “mother rocks” and obsidian tools,mortars, and stone utensils are amongst objects found in the region, a local tourism official said.


Previously, Geravand had said that the northwest of Iran, as a connection bridge between the Iranian plateau, the Caucasus, Asia Minor, and Mesopotamia, has always played an important role in the relations and cultural exchanges.

The region has long been a suitable place for settlement since ancient times due to the presence of permanent rivers, springs, animal and plant resources, fertile land and pastures, he explained.

Source: Tehran Times [January 10, 2020]



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