100 ancient sites identified in Iran's Dehloran plain
|View of the Dehloran plain in the western Iranian|
province of Ilam [Credit: IRNA]
The Dehloran plain is one of the most important regions in terms of archaeology, he said, adding that many excavations have been conducted in the region.
The Dehloran plain has a distinctive location given its proximity to Shushan plain, Mesopotamia and the central Zagros region, he said.
According to Zinivand, some of the identified sites cannot be surveyed, including a Khazineh site which was destroyed due to agro-related activities.
Illegal excavations have also damaged the ancient sites, he added.
The Dehloran plain lies to the southwest of the Iranian plateau. The Meimeh and Do-Iraj rivers as well as mineral springs have heightened the importance of the region. Also Dehloran plain links Shushan plain to Mesopotamia.
Ilam, with its monuments and unique handicrafts, has a 6,000-year-old civilization. The region boasts of a variety of handicrafts, including carpet, jajim, embossed kilim and felt products.
Source: IRNA [April 13, 2016]