Archaeologists working at Gohar-Tappeh in Iran. Tehran Times
At Tehran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) ceremony earlier this week, researchers unveiled a new map of 45,000 archaeological sites across Iran. The team has been working on the project since 2009, and calls the release the first phase of a longer project, which will incorporate a broader corpus of data. Iran’s rich cultural heritage is best known for its illustrious Achaemenid (Persian) and Islamic-era remains, though the land has been central to the development of Near Eastern culture since the Neolithic era. First mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in connection with Elam, one of Noah’s grandsons, the region played an increasingly important Biblical role at the end of the Babylonian exile.
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