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7,000-year-old skeleton found in Iran


skeletonA team of archeologists have found A human skeleton in Tehran suggesting that life in the city dates back to the 5th millennium B.C. Archaeologists found the 7,000-year-old skeleton in an excavation in Molavi Street in the south of Tehran and they believe that the human bones belong to 5,000 year B.C.

Previously, the oldest archaeological findings ever found in Tehran belonged to city’s Qeytarieh hills, which dated back to the first millennium B.C. Many other historic items, most of them belonging to the previous centuries, have also been excavated in the site, which is located around Tehran’s Grand Bazaar according to several news agencies in Iran.

The excavated skeleton will be on display in Iran’s national museum after some scientific tests are completed.

Chinese archaeologists unearth 2,800-year old tombs


china-old-tombsAs reported by several news outlets, a team of Chinese archeologists have discovered a tomb believed to date back 2,800 years ago. The set of elaborate tombs surrounded by 28 chariots and 98 horses in the province of Hubei in China is an incredible discovery dates back to a time when high-ranking nobles demonstrated their power and strength through the ownership and display of horse-led chariots.

The researchers unearthed 30 elite tombs of various sizes in the city of Zaoyang. Researchers believe that the tombs date back to what is known as the Summer and Autumn Period in Chinese history (770 – 476 BC), which corresponds roughly to the first half of the Eastern Zhou dynasty. This period in Chinese history was characterized by the creation of powerful states and the birth of a wealthy merchant class as reported by ancient-origins. Researchers know that during that period a noble’s power was demonstrated through the number of chariots he owned.

Destruction of Forests in Iran


farsayesh-khak.1jpgIran continues to rank one of the highest in the world in terms of soil erosion and the destruction of forests. In a recent conference titled “Clean Air Day”, Mohsen Jafari, Deputy Director of Environmental Protection Agency (of Fars province) officially announced the drying of 10 wetlands in the Fars Province. He said that there is no longer opportunity and time for long-term planning and there is urgent need to take immediate actions.

Mr. Jafari talked about the need for land use planning, careful consideration in building dams and finally about his regret in Iran’s soil erosion and loss of forest areas.

For many years, the natural heritage and environmental activists and experts have repeatedly stated the same concerns. However, these concerns and statements have never been taken seriously by the governmental and local agencies.

MAPS OF PERSIA 1477 – 1925 A graphical journey through the history of Iran


23rd January – 21st March 2015.

mape-o1Opening in January 2015 will be an exhibition presenting a selection of Maps – urban plans, topographic maps, and sea charts – taken from the ‘Dr Cyrus Ala’i’s Map Collection of Persia’ of over 250 maps that was gifted to the Centre for Iranian Studies SOAS, University of London in 2013. The collection includes important printed general maps of Persia and more specialist items from the early editions of Ptolemy, at the end of the 15th century, up until the end of the Qajar dynasty in 1925.

Iran or Persia as it was known in the West for most of its long history has been mapped extensively for centuries and many of the maps included in the exhibition will be publically shown together for the first time. These maps illustrate how cartography and the mapping of the region advanced with scientific accuracy in detail, whilst not ignoring their often artistic and design elements.

The maps along with other supporting material are presented within the context of Persia as an important cultural cross-road in southwest and central Asia. Illustrating how the region was viewed, interpreted and recorded by both indigenous scholars and visitors from abroad.

Following 20 years of research the noted scholar, Dr. Cyrus Ala’i produced a monumental cartobibliography in two volumes: General Maps of Persia, 1477-1925 (2005), and Special Maps of Persia 1477 – 1925 (2010).
The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) and Centre for Iranian Studies at LMEI, SOAS.

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Thousands of ancient coins discovered in England


5000 coin-EnglandAs reported by B.B.C Paul Coleman from the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club discovered more than 5,000 coins buried inside a lead bucket two feet under a field near Aylesbury.

The hoard contains specimens dating back to the 11th Century – the late Anglo Saxon, early Norman period.

The coins will now be examined by the British Museum.

The biggest archeological discovery of 2014


turkey.jpgA massive 5,000 year old underground city has been discovered in Turkey by the country’s Housing Development Administration (TOKI), according to reports Sunday.

Erdinç Çelikkan reports on what could potentially be the year’s largest architectural discovery, an underground city located in Turkey’s Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir.

The newly discovered city joins other such ancient cities found in the area, thought his one may end up being the largest of all the cities found so far.