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)




Iranian Central Desert City, Lush Area Thousands of Years Ago


29 May 2004



Paleoethnobotanical studies carried out in the ancient Siyalk site in Kashan, central Iran, suggest the desert area had enjoyed a mild climate with a variety of plants some 5,000 B.C.

Siyalk is a unique historical site in the country with remains from the 5th to 1st millennium B.C. It houses the world's oldest ziggurat estimated to be 4900 years old. Despite its current arid weather, the area had favourable weather conditions with a variety of plants, head of the local archaeological explorations team Shahmirzadi said.

"Studies indicate trees such as willow, pine, fig as well as barely and wheat were grown in the area," he noted.

Shahmirzadi also said remains of a river and two brooks have been found, which could indicate there had been enough water for human settlement.

A new round of explorations started in Siyalk in 2001 which led to the discovery of the world's oldest ziggurat. It is a three story mud brick structure with more than 1.25 million bricks. Archaeologists also discovered 500kgs of copper scrap.

Siyalk is comprised of several hills which have rendered many objects such as pottery from various historical era from the 5th to 1st millennium B.C.


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)