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Burnt City to be Excavated for 7th Time


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 11 October 2003


The seventh season of the archaeological excavations for revealing the concealed secrets of the greatest settlement center of civilizations of south and west of Central Asia in the third millennium B.C. will start as of 12th Octber.

These excavations will be headed by Dr. Mansour Sajadi, but still there is no precise information about the exact spot and the objects of this season of excavations.

The Burnt City is located 57 kilometers west of the Zabol-Zahedan road and the archaeological excavations in this historical spot have been started in 1960 by a group of Italian archaeologists. This 151-hectare area includes residential and industrial districts as well as a cemetery with an area of 25 hectares.

Due to serious erosion caused by wind and water when the city had inhabitants and after its abandonment, the hills of this city turned into a certain geometrical shape. In spite of its massive area, the Burnt City had no temple, defending wall, and public buildings, and no tomb or burying sign has been found in the excavated houses as well. According to experts, the city used to be an abode for about 1500 years, i.e. some time from 3200 to 1800 B.C.

This range of the low hills is located by the side of one of the oldest deltas of the Hirmand River and is considered as one of the most important Bronze Age centers of the eastern part of Iran.



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