The Iranian Prehistoric Project

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Science  23 Jun 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3469, pp. 2008-2010
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3469.2008


Many indications point toward the hill flanks of the Fertile Crescent in southwestern Asia as the scene of the earliest development of effective food production and a village-farming-community way of life, some 10,000 years ago or less. In its 1959-60 field season, with a staff made up of both cultural and natural historians, the Iranian Prehistoric Project reclaimed further evidence of this important transitional step in human history. This is a short interim report, based entirely on an in-the-field assessment of the materials.