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New Findings in Siyalk Prehistoric Area


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 06 January 2004



Stratigraphy studies of the third excavation season in the prehistoric site of Sialk Hills in the central town of Kashan led to new findings about the various residential systems in the area.

Siyalk is a unique important historical site of Iran which includes historical relics from the fifth up to the first millennium B.C. The oldest ziggurat of the world, dating back to five thousand years ago, was discovered in the area two years ago.

The discoverer of the Siyalk Ziggurat and head of the research team Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi said that the first round of excavations were carried out some 70 years ago by the great French archaeologist Roman Girshman, adding that the new stratigraphy studies led to the identification of the social, economical, political, and governmental systems of different historical periods.

The new excavations started in the area two years ago giving way to important discoveries such as the oldest ziggurat of the world with three storeys made of one million mud-bricks, and some five hundred pieces of copper scraps.

Experts in various areas of archaeology, botanical archaeology, zoology, anthropology, Bronze Age art, earthenware, geophysics and surveying, including four foreign archaeologists from the United States, Germany and France, are taking part in the third excavation season.



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