Agriculture products

wheat, rice, other grains, sugar beets, fruits, nuts, cotton, dairy products, wool, caviar

Exports - commodities: petroleum 85%, carpets, fruits and nuts, iron and steel, chemicals GDP: purchasing power parity -$456 billion (2002 est.)

Annual growth: 4.2% Inflation rate: 17.3% for consumer prices (2002 est.)

Currency: Iranian rials (IR)

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Iran Neolithic

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c. 8000-7500 BC - Pre-Pottery Neolithic period c. 8000 BC - First settlements on the Iranian plateau; the earliest domestication of sheep and goats in Iran c. 7500-5000 BC - Pottery

Neolithic period c. 6300 BC - First evidence of copper smelting in Iran c. 5000-3500 BC - Chalcolithic period c. 5000 BC - A wine jar discovered at the Hajji Firuz Mound proves to be the world's oldest evidence of wine-making c. 4000 BC - Sialk Mounds

(pi65) yield some of the most ancient remains of settled life on the Iranian plateau c. 3500-2000 BC - Early Bronze Age

By the end of the 4th millennium BC, craftsmen had made a great progress in pottery; producing the most vivid and lively painted ceramics, found at the Sialk Mounds and Susa. This pottery is decorated with geometric abstractions, showing a naive but strong expression of the lives of its makers.

Sialk Kashan PaintingSialk Kashan Earthenware

By the end of the 4th millennium BC, craftsmen had made a great progress in pottery; producing the most vivid and lively painted ceramics, found at the Sialk Mounds and Susa. This pottery is decorated with geometric abstractions, showing a naive but strong expression of the lives of its makers.

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