Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
& CULTURAL NEWS©
of Zayandeh Rud Civilization with Marvdasht & Sialk
discoveries of archaeological excavations in Ashna
Tepe (hill) near Mashad Kaveh in Isfahan province
show the relationship between the old civilization
of Zayandeh Rood River and those of Marvdasht in
Fars and Sialk in Kashan.
Ashna Tepe is one of the important historical
sites in Isfahan located north of Zayandeh Rood
that becomes inaccessible to archaeologists when
the water level increases.
“Some discoveries like ceramic dishes indicate
the relationship between the civilization of North
Zayandeh Rood River and Marvdasht area,” says
Asadollah Mirza Aghajani, head of the archaeology
team of Ashna Tepe.
He added, “The discovered clays from the lower
layers are similar to those of Kashan’s Sialk.”
Since the hills excavations have led to the
unearthing of a cultural center north of Zayandeh
Rood River, the site can be the base for studies
on the area.
Archaeologists believe that the civilization on
the bank of Zayandeh Rood can be one of the oldest
civilizations of Asia which was formed during the
same time that ancient civilizations appeared
alongside rivers. The site may provide signs of
one of the oldest human societies.
Ashna Tepe is located in the middle of the delta
of Aragon, one of the main branches of Zayandeh
Rood and 20 kilometers from Zayandeh Rood dam. It
is drowned during the raining season and is not
accessible to the archaeologists, because the
water behind the dam goes as far as 48 kilometers.
Now due to the dam’s water being at a low level,
a good opportunity has been provided for experts
to do some research and excavations in the area.
Archaeological excavations have been started since
23rd of July and will be finished by next week.
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