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Semi-permanent settlement in the Kermanshah valley in the Zagros region of western Iran. Dated between 7100 and 6750 bc, it belongs to the Karim Shahir culture. Semi-subterranean features may have been the bases of tent-like structures, which animal bone evidence suggests would have been occupied during the spring and summer. Domesticated goats were kept and finds of many horn cores suggest that selective slaughtering of males was practised. Mussels were probably eaten, and the evidence of coprolites indicates that small lizards and frogs were also consumed. As well as flint tools, cones, balls and figurines of lightly baked clay have been found. Two burials have been excavated, both covered in red ochre.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied