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Ancient Village Unearthed in Kurdestan Province

Ancient Village Unearthed in Kurdestan ProvinceAncient Village Unearthed in Kurdestan Province

Archeological excavations in Sarcham historical site in Kurdestan Province have led to the discovery of a 6,000-year-old village, which indicates the village was founded some time during the Copper Age, also called the aneolithic era.

The research team, led by Amir Saeed Moucheshi, unearthed relics including pottery and stone dishes along with remains of animal bones and ruins.

“Among the uncovered pottery were those with red and buff coverage and others with finger-pressed and geometrical designs attributed to the Dalma tradition and a few examples of Seh Gabi tradition,” said Moucheshi, according to Mehr News Agency reported.

Dalma and Seh Gabi wares have previously been found in northwest Iran and southern parts of the neighboring Republic of Azerbaijan.

“Before these discoveries in Sarcham, we had no idea that Aneolithic and Mesolithic settlements were in Uramanat,” the archeologist said, adding that the discovered village is the oldest settlement found so far in the region.

Further studies could reveal “valuable details about cultural norms, traditions and modes of communication” of the two settlements in the Kurdish region.

The research also revealed traces of settlement going back 3,000 years which indicates that the region was continually home to the ancient peoples until the Iron Age.

The recent excavation is part of a large-scale exploration project in Uramanat headed by Fereydoon Biglari. The archeological studies, which are mainly conducted in the valley of the Sirvan River, have so far unveiled numerous sites dating back to the Paleolithic, Aneolithic, Iron Age and Islamic eras.    

Uramanat villages are located in the mountainous Kurdestan Province, famed for their history, culture and unique architecture. The entire region was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2007.