latest season of archaeological excavations in the Burnt City of
Sistan-Baluchistan province starts Thursday, Dec 2 mainly in its
graveyard in a bid to learn more about its inhabitants’ race,
height, sanitation and diet over 5,000 years ago.
The phase would last for 75 days and a group of Italian experts
would team up with their Iranian colleagues to conduct
geophysical surveys of the city, widely believed to be one of
the earliest civilized settlements worldwide.
“In the eighth season of excavations, we would first draw up
its geophysical map, which would serve as a solid basis for
further studies in the archaeological site,” said head of
research team Mansour Sajjadi.
Experts plan to identify underground structures, starting at the
cemetery of the ruined city. “Our most
significant task would be excavating the northeastern part of
the Burnt City, aiming to reach older layers of the once booming
settlement. We hope to dig out some artefacts dating from the
first settlement here over 5,000 years ago,” he added.
city, possibly built at the onset of urban life in Iran’s
plateau, has a whopping 30,000 to 40,000 graveyards, providing
experts with a vast treasure of artefacts acting as a
“We intend to learn about the inhabitants’ socioeconomic
situation, diet, sanitation and their beliefs. We also plan to
find out from where they migrated to the Burnt City and when,”