Omran Garajian, head of the stratigraphy explorations, was quoted by the Public Relations Office of RICHT as saying on Wednesday that introduction of the culture of the pre-pottery Neolithic culture, chronology and its references as well as formation of village culture in southeast Iran are among the long-term goals of the research.
Saying that the stratigraphy exploration and evaluation of magnetometric studies in Talle Atashi of Darestan in Bam is underway with a permit from the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, he expressed the hope that continuity of the research work would lead to the introduction of unknown cultures in another part of Iran.
Referring to the fact that Talle Atashi is a settlement relating to the pre-pottery Neolithic culture in east of Bam, Garajian said the culture in southeast of Iran was unknown up to 1387 (2008).
Referring to the registration of Talle Atashi in the list of National Monuments in 1379, he said however the area remained unknown until many years after the terrible earthquake of Bam in the month of Bahman 1382 (December 26, 2003).
The archeologist continued by referring to surveys conducted in the pre-historic settlements of the Bam Citadel in 1386 upon the proposal of the Bam World Heritage Site and added that according to the studies, a year later the project for conducting pre-historic research studies in Darestan of Bam was proposed and was implemented in the same year.
He noted that in 1390, with the support of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism General Department of Kerman Province, magnetometric studies were carried out in half of the area.
Garajian further remarked that after a break that affected almost all the archeological research works, in 1395 researches were once again launched in Bam with the financial and scientific contribution of France and significant results have been achieved.