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Iron Age remains Discovered in Central Iran


News Category: Prehistory

 01 December 2003


Rendition of what the Siyalk ziggurat might have looked like 7000 years ago.

by unknown artist in the early 1900s.



Iranian experts have started the third season of explorations in the Siyalk ziggurat in Kashan in a bid to arrive at more information about the architecture of the southern part of the ziggurat, discovery of the Iron Age architecture and signs of the iron foundries in the area.

The pre-historic Siyalk Hills are among the most outstanding ancient sites in Iran which houses remains of historical relics dating back to the 5th-1st millennium B.C. It was two years ago when the world’s oldest ziggurat some 4900 years old was discovered.

Sadeq Malek Shahmirzadi who discovered the ziggurat and head of the explorations team said the first round of survey were conducted in the area 70 years ago by foreign experts. “The new season of explorations will draw on interdisciplinary sciences and methods,” he noted.

A three storey adobe structure, world’s oldest ziggurat, built with more than a million mud bricks is the major feature of the historical area.

A 15 strong international group of experts in such diverse areas as Archaeology, plant Archaeology, zoology, anthropology, porcelains, geophysics and the bronze age arts. Four Archaeologists from US, Germany and France are part of the team.

Located in the central Iranian city of Kashan, the Siyalk historical site envelops several hills which have so far yielded important historical finds, in particular pottery of various periods.




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