Wednesday 27 May 2009
Iranian and English archaeologists have discovered the Middle East’s oldest village which dates back to at least 9800 BC in western Iran. This unique archaeological discovery reveals Iran was the main Neolithic centre of the Middle East.
«The historical site dates back to 9800 BC and evidence suggest inhabitancy in the site continued until 7400 BC», said H. Fazeli, the director of Iran’s Archaeology Research Centre.
Archaeologists believe such findings prove that Iran’s dwellers moved out of caves around 11,800 years ago and settled in plains.
Such discoveries strengthen the theory that with Iran being the main Neolithic center of the Middle East, the region was not only the centre of agriculture.
«Cultural officials plan to introduce the oldest human dwelling to the UNESCO», Fazeli said adding «Opening the historical site for public viewing is a step to initiate the plan.»