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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Oldest Village in the Middle East uncovered in Iran

Iran's Press TV is reporting that Iranian and English archeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the oldest village in the Middle East in Kermanshah Province, Western Iran. Carbon dating on discovered objects in the village date to 9800BC and evidence suggests the site was inhabited until 7400BC according to Hassan Fazeli, director of Iran's Archeology Research Center. According to Fazeli, such evidence strenthens the theory that Iran was one of the main Neolithic centres of the Middle East.

Some of the highest frequencies of Y chromosome Haplogroup J2, also associated with the Neolithic are found in Iran.