nasty sandstorm has blocked entrances to the mysterious Burnt
City southeast of Iran and filled up excavated pits, archaeologists
The scorching sun has dried out the Hamoon Lake in
Sistan-Baluchistan province, thus helping the temperature soar
and the sandstorm obstruct the entrances.
“Right now archaeologists cannot enter the historical site
because a massive sand basin has covered it,” said Mohammad
Khosravi, manager of the Burnt City.
Noting a ferocious battle between the man and nature in the dry
land, he said the sandstorm has damaged the historical fabric of
the old city of Zahedan, the capital city of Sistan-Baluchistan.
The 5,000-years-old history of the Burnt City makes it one of
the largest and most ancient sites in the Middle East. Various
industrial and residential units, as well as cemeteries and
monumental relics litter its 151 hectares of land.
Signs of civilization, first laid down in the Burnt City in 3200
B.C., remained intact up to 2100-2000 B.C. and during four
successive periods in history. One of the prominent relics found
in the Burnt City is a skull believed to be the first evidence
of brain surgeries in prehistoric Persia.
Experts had earlier estimated a thorough identification and
documentation of an astounding 4 billion artifacts in the Burnt
City would require some 400 years, at least. archaeologists have
already managed to document and profile 102 villages of the
sprawling city, located south of Zabol in the eastern province