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With funding from the Bureau of Land Management’s Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative, Adams and his colleagues used this kind of information to predict where signs Pleistocene-Holocene activity might be found in Nevada’s Lincoln County, using geographic information system (GIS) technology.

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Iran ranks second in the world in natural gas reserves and fourth in proven crude oil reserves.“The Pleistocene-Holocene Transition period is a little known but fascinating time period,” said Adams, a senior archaeologist with Logan Simpson, “especially to everyone in our office, as we have identified similarly aged sites during other projects in the Great Basin which piqued our interest.” Adams and his team found these rare sites using a technique known as predictive modeling: By identifying the qualities that previously known locations had in common, the archaeologists predicted where other, similar sites might be waiting to be found.[See how predictive modeling led to another big find: “13 Ancient Villages Discovered in Wyoming Mountains May Redraw Map of Tribal Migrations“] Previous research in the Great Basin had shown that signs of human activity from the late Pleistocene were most often found around certain kinds of land formations near water and marshlands — on the shores of lakes that have since dried up, for example, or on the landforms that overlooked them, or along the channels that led into or flowed out of them.Iran is an Islamic republic on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf with historical sites dating to the Persian Empire.Extensive marble ruins mark Persepolis, the empire’s capital founded by Darius I in the 6th century B. The modern capital, Tehran, is home to opulent Golestan Palace, seat of the Qajar Dynasty (1794–1925), plus modern landmarks such as the 435m-high Milad Tower.Sultan bin Saif al-Bakri, Director of Excavations and Archaeological Studies Department at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture said that the archaeological excavations has uncovered the oldest production of copper smelting sites, which date back to 3200 BC, or the so-called "Hafeet" period, in addition to a tower that is one of the oldest archaeological towers belonging to that period.

He added that the Al Khashabah site dates back to the third millennium BC.

The truth is that thousands of years ago –even perhaps tens of thousands of years ago— ancient mankind somehow achieved incredible things that modern society cannot replicate today.

In this article, I’ll take you on a trip around the globe where we will explore 10, mindboggling ancient sites that you won’t believe actually exist.

Economic activity and government revenues still depend to a large extent on oil revenues and therefore remain volatile.

Along lakes and streams that have long since disappeared, archaeologists working in southern Nevada have found nearly 20 sites used by ancient hunter-gatherers as much as 12,000 years ago.

Another puzzling site on planet earth are the mindboggling megaliths located in the Ural Mountains.