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Siyalk Residents Fed on Red and White Meat


24 May 2004



Residents of the historical site of Siyalk had red and white meat as the main source of their nutritious protein, concluded archeologists by carrying out studies on the animal bones and designs of the terra cotta discovered in the area which is considered one the most important historical sites of Iran.

The animal bones discovered in the area are of various farm and wild animals such as cow, ship, goat, gazelle, and ram, explained head of the archeological studies of the site, Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi.

The abundance of the bones of farm animals (cow, ship and goat) in comparison to those of gazelle and ram shows that the residents consumed meat of farm animals as the main source of protein, and hunted occasionally.

Moreover, the determination of the existence of a river in Siyalk some 5000 years ago and the fish, fishing nest, and frog designs found on the clay pieces at the site, according to Shahmirzadi, indicate that the inhabitants also relied on white meat of aquatic creatures.

Siyalk area, located in Kashan, consisting of several hills, is one of the unique historical sites of Iran, in which archeological remains from the fifth to the first millennium B.C. and the oldest ziggurat'




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