added by archaeologs An early farming site near Kermanshah in the Zagros Mountains of western Iran. The site is at an altitude of 1300 metres and has produced little in the way of structures: it may have been seasonally occupied only, either belonging to a semi-nomadic herding community or representing a summer pasture station of a settled agricultural community. Domesticated sheep and goat were kept and there is some evidence for the cultivation of emmer wheat and two-rowed barley. Pistachio nuts and snails were consumed in large quantities. Fine red-burnished and painted pottery occurs, as do stone bowls. The most unusual finds are two female figurines, in the sitting position with bulging thighs and breasts, but without facial features. The site has radiocarbon dates in the range c6000-5650 be.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983