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Fourth Phase of Archaeological Excavations on "Burnt City" Imminent


News Category: Prehistory

 19 October 2000



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 Wednesday.

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 Iranian archaeologists.



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