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7,000-year-old teppeh rises out of reservoir.

A 7,000-year-old teppeh in Iran's southern province of Fars has reemerged after two years of being submerged under 23 feet of water.

The teppeh--which looks like a hill but hides an ancient ruin--named Mehr-Ali was submerged in 2006 after the Mulla Sadra reservoir--in which it is located--was filled. The submersion forced the suspension of an excavation project at the site.

But the current drought plaguing Iran has resulted in the complete dry-out of the reservoir. This has allowed excavation efforts to resume on the pristine layers at the base of the hill, which are believed to house an abundance of historical and archeological artifacts. Archeologists believe some of these layers date back up to 7,000 years.

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"This is an ideal opportunity to resume archaeological excavations at the site," excavation team director Ali-Reza Sardari told the Cultural Heritage News Agency, adding, "We could not reach the lower strata during the first season of excavations because they had already been submerged."

The teppeh has already revealed several signs of human occupation including numerous pottery pieces and the kilns they were made in.
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Title Annotation:Culture: From then to now
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Nov 14, 2008
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