the latest round of archeological excavations at the historical
site of Anshan, Fars province, Iranian and American
archeologists have unearthed several inscribed bricks and a seal
dating back to the mid-Elamite period (1100 BC).
Anshan is regarded as one of the capitals of the Elamites and is
rich in cultural heritage artifacts ranging from the Elamite to
the Achaemenid dynasty (3500 BC to 500 AD).
Dr. Kamyar Abdi, an instructor of Dartmouth College in the
United States told Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency that in
the course of excavations in the past several weeks, his team
unearthed six bricks dating back to 3,000 years bearing
inscriptions identical with those from the Elamite era.
He said that the bricks are baked and studies on them will
reveal useful information about the mid-Elamite era which is of
special significance in archeological studies.
Abdi said that the bricks will be handed over to the experts of
inscriptions for deciphering. Meanwhile, American explorations
have so far led to the discovery of 25 bricks bearing
inscriptions whose translation indicated that Melian historical
mound is the same place as Anshan historical city.
third season of excavation at Anshan historical city was carried
out by 20 experts which included two American archeologists from
Michigan University and Dartmouth College.
Specialists from Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (ICHTO) from Tehran, Abhar and Marvdasht are
In addition to the bricks, one clay seal was also unearthed.
Abdi said that portrait of a human being has been inscribed on
the seal. Studies will be carried out to identify the date of
Melian historical site or Anshan historical city is located at
Beiza district of Sepidan in Fars province. Its area is 200