... In July 2015, an Iranian-French archaeological team headed by Hamed Vahdati-Nasab launched a new phase of excavation in the Middle Paleolithic site of Mirak.
Vahdati-Nasab told IRNA correspondent that the excavation aimed at revealing the hidden aspects of the life of the Neanderthals in Iran.
“In Mirak, we sought to find out about the earliest clues to human settlement, and our excavation was unique in many ways, mostly due to the fact that many Paleolithic sites excavated in Iran have been in caves and rock shelters and this is the first time such an operation is conducted on an open-air site,” said Vahdat-Nasabi. [...] en.mehrnews.com