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Iranian Dig Opens Window on New Civilization

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Science  21 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5674, pp. 1096-1097
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5674.1096b

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BERLIN-- The third millennium B.C.E. is known for the rise of complex cultures in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus River valley. At a meeting here last month, archaeologists presented controversial evidence from an obscure valley in southeastern Iran indicating that there was another sophisticated civilization at this time.