Middle Epipalaeolithic

Middle Epipalaeolithic OccupationsKHIV MEP area

Excavations in the Middle Epipalaeolithic area of Kharaneh IV uncovered overlying compact surfaces, three hearth deposits, and a series of dark brown sediment deposits interpreted as post-holes. Artifacts recovered during excavation include a wealth of lithic and faunal material. In addition, worked bone is abundant, with notched mandibles and long bones, bone points, and awls. A wide range of shell ornaments has been recovered from both the Early and Middle Epipalaeolithic deposits, with increasing frequency during the Middle Epipalaeolithic. Further excavations in the Middle Epipalaeolithic area will explore the nature of the post-holes and their relationship to the hearth features.