Experts studying black and gray pottery in northern Iran

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A team of Iranian archaeologists have recently returned to the Kelar Tepe conducting an in-depth study of prehistoric black and gray pottery from the region, located in Iran’s northern province of Mazandaran.

They also plan to excavate in the region for Neolithic residential areas, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.

The study project entitled “From Cave to Plain” aims to expand upon the archaeological studies previously carried out on the region, team director Mehdi Musavi said.

According to Musavi, over 30 caves and natural chambers located near the Sardab-Rud region contain extensive artifacts from prehistoric periods.

“In the first stage of the project, ‘Rashak 3,’ one of the most important caves of the region, will be studied in strata by a team led by Dr. Hamed Vahdatinasab, a prominent expert on the Neolithic era,” he added.

Covering an area of 6000 hectares, the Kelar Tepe is a mound 10 meters in height located on Kelardasht, a scenic plain in a large valley in the Elborz Mountains.

A team of archaeologists, which carried out the last excavations on the tepe two years ago, found signs of habitation dating back to the 4th millennium BC.

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