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First Evidence of Pleistocene Archaeology on the Neyshabur Plain and its Role in Reconstructing the Dispersal of Hominins on the Northeastern Iranian Plateau

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The northeastern Iranian Plateau is considered a leading region in Paleolithic studies. The history of Paleolithic research in this region dates back to the mid-20th century. However, unlike the western and, to some extent, the central part of the Iranian Plateau, only a handful of sites have been identifi ed in the northeastern part. Field studies conducted on the Neyshabur plain have provided some of the only Paleolithic evidence at four locations in the foothills of the Binalud Mountains: Dar Behesht, Mushan Tappeh, Ali Abad, and Qezel Tappeh. Our research aims to assess this evidence, provide a revised typology of Pleistocene artifacts from the Neyshabur plain, and also study the role of these and other fi nds in the area and analyze their signifi cance in terms of the dispersal of Pleistocene hominin populations. We propose two main corridors on the northeastern Iranian Plateau assumed to have been infl uential in the dispersal of human ancestors.

About the Authors

A. Sadraei
The Ronin Institute
United States

127 Haddon Pl., Montclair, NJ 07043

O. Garazhian
Alice Babs gata 3A

393 60 Kalmar

H. Sabori
Art University of Isfahan
Islamic Republic of Iran

Hakim Nezami St., P.O. Box 1744, Isfahan


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Sadraei A., Garazhian O., Sabori H. First Evidence of Pleistocene Archaeology on the Neyshabur Plain and its Role in Reconstructing the Dispersal of Hominins on the Northeastern Iranian Plateau. Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia. 2021;49(3):3-12.

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