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New Series of Archaeological Research in Marlik


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09 December 2003 



The historical hill of Marlik will undergo a mapping project and new excavations for the first time in an area of some 10 hectares.

Head of the excavation team working in the area Dr. Reza Mostofi announced that the project aims at familiarizing the Iranians and foreign tourists with the rich civilization and culture of the historical site of Marlik.

According to him, the first excavations of Marlik, carried out 42 years ago, led to the discovery of some important items and the identification of the area as the Marlik civilization; but the work stopped just then and the farmers have since caused much damage there.

To solve the problems, a comprehensive plan to restore the hill in its natural form will soon be proposed, Mostofi said.

“So far two 5x5 boring pits have been made in the area, and unexpectedly some earthenware with designs and marks, most of which are in gray and reddish colours, have been found. The complementary research on the discoveries is underway,” he added.

The Marlik Hill dates back to the second half of the second millennium B.C. and the first excavations there were carried out in 1943 headed by Professor Ezzatollah Negahban, leading to the discovery of numerous archaeological findings.



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