ZAHEDAN, Sistan-Baluchestan Province The
fourth stage of archaeological excavations on
a site of ancient establishments
known as the "Burnt City" will soon
be launched in the town of Zabol in this
southeastern province, a local official said
Head of the Cultural Heritage Department of
Sistan-Baluchestan Province, Alireza Khosravi,
told IRNA that the fourth phase of the
excavations will be conducted by the
department's researchers in residential
quarters and in a cemetery of the Burnt City
which dates back to 3000 B.C.
Ancient hills of the city can be found 56km
from the Zabol-Zahedan Road and are spread out
over 150 hectares of land.
The establishments have been registered as the
larges ancient sites discovered in Iran since
the discovery of the Iranian plateau. Remains
unearthed from the region reveal that people
used to live in some 120 hectares of the Burnt
City. Meanwhile, objects such as broken clay
pots, pieces of stone and other historical
remains have already been discovered in 75
hectares of the city.
The hills of the Burnt City are occupied by
five residential, central, industrial,
memorial establishments and the 25-hectare
cemetery in the southwestern tip of the city.
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.
Italian archaeologists launched research
studies on the area from 1967 up to the 1979
victory of the Islamic Revolution. After the
revolution the work is being continued by