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Excavation of 3,400-year-old Ruins of Kabnak Set to Begin


20 January 2005



A team of German students from the University of Tubingen and Iranian archaeologists will begin excavating a huge wall which was discovered in the 3400-year-old ruins of Kabnak in Khuzestan Province tomorrow.

Last year, the German students accompanied Iranian archaeologist Dr. Mofidi to the ruins of Haft Tappeh, where Kabnak is located, archaeologist Hamid Fada’i said on Wednesday.

“They were encouraged to continue their comprehensive studies on the wall after it is completely excavated,” he added.

According to Fada’i, the archaeologists believe that the wall must have been part of a very tall building in the ancient city of Kabnak and they plan to carry out more studies on the site.

Before the Islamic Revolution, archaeologist Ezzatollah Negahban surmised that the huge wall was part of a ziggurat.

Haft Tappeh, meaning Seven Hills, is located 15 kilometers south of Susa, just off the road from Chogha Zanbil to Susa.

Haft Tappeh was established during the Elamite era and is thought to be about 150 years older than Untash-Naparisha (Dur-Untash), where Chogha Zanbil is located.




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