archeologists have found a large amount of cumin along with its fragrant
plant in the Burnt City (Shahr-e Sokhteh) in Sistan-Baluchistan
province, southeastern Iran.
new season of excavations in the Burnt City supervised by Dr. Mansoor
Sajadi started about a month ago. An Italian archaeobotanist group
collaborates with the Iranian archeologists in this project. As in the
previous season of excavations, archeologists have found a great amount
of cumin that proves the oldest cumin in the world has been discovered
in the Burnt City.
"This amount of cumin comprises the only sign of this herb in an
ancient site, and its discovery in the Burnt City proves that cumin was
planted in this city and had many usages in the residents’ nutrition 5
thousand years ago", Masoomeh Shahraki, Iranian archeologist a
member of the excavation team in the Burnt City site, said, "The
black cumin placed in special barrels in the tombs is similar to the
cumin we know."
"The discovery of a great amount of cumin in the Burnt City
signifies that this herb was exported from Sistan-Baluchistan district
to the other parts of Iran", Mansour Sajadi told CHN.
After 8 seasons of research in Burnt City, this 5000-year-old site
dating back to 2nd or 3rd century BC still holds many secrets within.
Burnt City was civilized and developed, and cherished very important
ancient crafts including jewelry making and pottery.