The Neolithic began in Iran about 10,000 years before the present
NEOLITHIC AGE IN IRAN. Originally the term “Neolithic” referred to the final Stone Age before the ages of metals, that is: the Chalcolithic (copper), Bronze, and Iron Ages. Today “Neolithic” usually refers to the period of the origins and early development of agricultural economies. The oldest evidence for agriculture comes from the eastern Mediterranean (Levant) where agriculture came into practice 11,000 years ago at the end of, or shortly after, the Younger Dryas cold interval during which much of the region was not inhabited (Alley). An abrupt shift to warmer climate then allowed the cereal grasses and trees to expand from the Levant, taking about 1,000 years to reach Iran (Hole, 1999).
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