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Iron Age remains unearthed in northwest Iran


Iranian archaeologists have recently unearthed vestiges of architectural elements, potteries and stone tools, which are estimated to date from the Iron Age, IRNA reported.

Iron Age remains unearthed in northwest Iran
Credit: Tehran Times
The findings were revealed through a survey across the centuries-old Sardar Castle located in Bukan, northwestern province of West Azarbaijan.

“So far, the excavated objects in this stratigraphy analysis includes Iron-Age pottery fragments, animal bones, a stone tool, a piece of bronze rod, and small and large-sized jars,” said archaeologist Yousef Hassanzadeh who leads the team.

The term Iron Age is used to denote a cultural change that occurred in Iran centuries earlier than the time when the metal was used elsewhere in the Near East, and not signify the introduction of a new metal technology. Iron artifacts were, in fact, unknown in Iran until the 9th century BC.

Bukan and its surroundings embrace a variety of historical sites and monuments, most of which are inscribed on the National Cultural Heritage list.

Source: Tehran Times [August 05, 2018]

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