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Fourth stage of archeological excavations begin on "Burnt City"


News Category: Prehistory

 03 December 2000 


TEHRAN - The fourth stage of archeological excavations have been launched on the "Burnt City" in Sistan-Baluchestan Province in southeast of Iran, the Cultural Heritage Organization announced Saturday.

The Burnt City with a history of about 5000 years is among the largest ancient sites in the Middle East. The ancient site, which spreads out over 151 hectares of land, is comprised of the various industrial and residential units, cemetery and monumental establishments.

Archeologists last year discovered establishments of the Burnt City in a span of about 1000 square meters during 400 meters of excavations.

According to the head of the archeological team, Mansour Sajjadi, the discovery of hundreds of clay human and animal statues lends further proof to the idea that the place was once used to be a temple.

The statues, measuring 8 to 10 centimeters, have been discovered as either being scattered in the establishments or in groups in certain areas.

Experts believe that the discovery of a large number of seals and calculation devices further proves that the site in addition to being a religious place used to be a place for economic purposes as well.

Signs of civilization, first laid down in the Burnt City in 3200 B.C., remained intact up to the years 2100-2000 B.C. and during four successive periods in history.



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