Publication of the Chronology Table of Iran from the Paleolithic Era to the End of the Iron Age

Human beings owe their modern achievements in various scientific fields to early pioneers and history-makers in the realm of science. A glance at the valuable historical teachings and doctrines recorded in numerous sources and documents of the civilized nations of the world reveals an insatiable thirst for taking pride in the philosophical and cultural legacy of human beings. Given the archeological findings of Iran and based on absolute and relative types of chronology, the deserving supreme place of this land at the dawn of history is considered to be an identity-making necessity for the cultural dynamism of Iranian society. Iran has gained this station in the light of its undeniable and significant role in developing human culture through taking the first determining steps in areas such as tool making, rural life, pottery, urbanism, melting and extracting metals, architecture, agriculture, and domesticating animals and innovating writing and inscription,

Despite our knowledge of this invaluable human legacy and the tremendous effect of the culture and civilization of this land on other cultures, the task of introducing Iranian's great share in developing and expanding the different areas of human culture and civilization in comparison to that of other nations had remained neglected. Given the importance of the concept of chronology and the absence of a chronology table developed by Iranian researchers, the Iranology Foundation, which considers the acquisition of the knowledge of Iranian history and culture and presenting it to the world as its top priority, took the initiative by performing a series of systematic activities, the outcome of which is the Chronology Table of Iran and the World.

The first part of this work, which focuses on cultural Iran, has been published independently and contains the presented classifications over six historical periods: Paleolithic period, Epipaleolithic period, Neolithic period, Copper and Stone period, Bronze Age, and Iron Age.This table covers a time period of 1,200,000 years before the beginning of the Achaemenid Era and divides Iran into seven geographical regions including Central Zagros, Northwest, North and Northeast, Central Plateau, Southeast, Fars, and Shush. Furthermore, the old, middle, and new divisions have been considered within the geographical classifications, and archeologists' local phasing has also been employed to determine the periods.

This Table is the first product of the continuous collection of activities which are being conducted at the Iranology Foundation.It is noteworthy that the complementary explanations regarding the various historical periods of Iran will be presented in the form of some books supplementary to this Table.