cais1.gif (153930 bytes)

CAIS Persian Text.gif (34162 bytes)


The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies

 Persian Section.PNG (9914 bytes)


About CAIS


Daily News

News Archive


CAIS Seminars

Image Library





Contact Us


Facebook-Button.jpg (107165 bytes)




400 Years Needed to Identify 4 Billion Artifacts in Iranian Burnt City


09 July 2004



Experts estimate a thorough identification and documentation of an astounding 4 billion artifacts in the Burnt City (Shahre-Sokhteh), southeast of Iran, 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 of Sistan-Baluchestan. Archaeologists have meanwhile found some new artifacts including marble and pottery dishes, semi-precious stones and insignias, said Tahereh Shahraki, head of research in Sistan Cultural heritage and Tourism Organization.

The unexpected appearance & the quick disappearance of the city baffled experts for years. Excavations and researches have found the Burnt City was the independent from Mesopotamia. Judging by the artifacts recovered in the area, the inhabitants seem to have been intelligent farmers & crafters. So far no military ware has been discovered, suggesting the peaceful nature of the residents.

Strange enough, the city has no connection to any other ancient civilizations in the area, as if it had completely emanated from somewhere else. Signs of civilization, first laid down in the Burnt City in 3200 B.C., remained intact up to the years 2100-2000 B.C. and during four successive periods in history. One of the prominent relics found in the Burnt City is a skull that according to the anthropological studies, is the first evidence of brain surgeries in prehistoric Persia.

Hasan Sargazi, head of the excavation teams, also said experts estimate there are about 4 billion artifacts in the 55 hilltops dug so far this year, requiring 400 years to identify them.

Experts believe that the discovery of a large number of seals and calculation devices in the site proves that it was, in addition to being a religious place, used as a center for economic activities. 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.


my_Iran.jpg (13682 bytes)

"History is the Light on the Path to Future"


Persian_NOT_Farsi_by_Shapour_Suren-Pahlav_3D2.gif (177309 bytes)


Encyclopaedia Iranica

BIPS.jpg (15695 bytes)

The British Institute of Persian Studies

"Persepolis Reconstructed"

Persepolis_reconstructed2.jpg (36944 bytes)


The British Museum

The Royal

Asiatic Society

Persian_Gulf_Facebook.jpg (1935028 bytes)

The Persian Gulf

Facebook Page

Please use your "Back" button (top left) to return to the previous page

Copyright © 1998-2015 The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies (CAIS)