of what the Siyalk ziggurat might have looked like 7000
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
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.