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100 ancient sites identified in Iran's Dehloran plain

Archaeological studies in Dehloran plain, in the western Iranian province of Ilam led to the identification of 100 ancient sites, said director of the archaeological group involved in the studies.

100 ancient sites identified in Iran's Dehloran plain
View of the Dehloran plain in the western Iranian
province of Ilam [Credit: IRNA]
The archaeological studies of Dehloran plain covers an area of 54,000 hectares, said Mohsen Zinivand.

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]

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