Various pottery styles identified in western Iran

Tehran, Aug 5, IRNA - Exploration operations on the surface and slopes of Tappeh Yazdan (Yazdan Hill) led to the identification of variety of pottery works from different eras, including Copper-Stone, Bronze, Iron Age, historic and Islamic periods.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted Nasrin Beig Mohammadi, head of the probing plan to determine the limits and privacy of Tappeh Yazdan in Nahavand, Hamedan Province, as saying on Sunday that Nahavand-Firouzan plain located in the north-south direction in north of Nahavand, is one of the most important plains of Hamedan and Central Zagros in terms of the ecosystem and geomorphology (fertility, rich water resources: rivers and mirages, natural pastures: vegetation and animal cover, etc.) as well as archeological studies.

Tappeh Yazdan, with works from the Copper-Stone, Bronze and Iron Age, historic periods up to different Islamic eras, is one of the most important enclosures of the plain which has remained unknown in terms of archeological studies, she noted.

The site with its vast rich pottery pieces from different eras of the Bronze Age (especially the Bronze Age cemetery), as well as the Iron Age, has the historical and cultural sequence of Tappeh Gian and Godin hidden in it, she added.

Referring to the fact that Tappeh Yazdan has a terrace on its western side which, with a less slope compared to the head of the hill, is used as the treshing floor by the villagers, Mohammadi noted that in this part there are graves belonging to the Bronze Age, three of which have been explored unauthorizedly.

This archeologist further referred to the identification of varieties of pottery pieces from the Copper-Stone, Bronze and Iron Age, historic and Islamic eras in the study of the surface and the slopes of Tappeh Yazdan.

The pottery include those with red clay covering; gray pottery of Yanik style, beige pottery with sand and gravel temper appropriately baked and beige pottery decorated with wide and narrow strips and horizontal strips, wide strips with wavy lines, etc.

Considering such rich works on Tappeh Yazdan and its placement in the margins of the village with different construction activities and its encirclement among agricultural lands and destruction due to the aggression of agricultural lands to its limits and privacy as well as unauthorized explorations in different parts of the hill and its cemetery, the archeologist considered as essential determination of the limits and privacy of the hill as a valuable work.

Beig Mohammadi added that in the probing plan to determine the limits and privacy of Tappeh Yazdan in Nahavand, 10 boreholes in 1.5x1 dimensions were excavated around Tappeh Yazdan and as a result its limits and privacy were determined.

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