archaeologists have unearthed 12 square-shaped coupons, indicating that
the people of the region had economic and commercial ties with neighboring
regions in the fourth and fifth millenniums BC. The artifacts will
definitely provide useful information on the economic, commercial, and
social status of the people living in the region during the time,”
Hassan Fazeli Nashli added.
June 5, a team of Iranian and foreign archaeologists began a new phase of
excavations at the mound, which is located near Pasargadae in the
team, made up of experts from the Parseh and Pasargadae Foundation and the
Archaeology Institute of the University of Tehran led by Fazeli, and a
number of U.S. archaeologists led by Reinhard Bernbeck and Susan Pollock
from Binghamton University, has been tasked with saving the artifacts and
gathering information from the ancient site, which is threatened by road
construction and the canals that will transport water from the Sivand Dam,
which is scheduled to become operational at the ancient site of Tang-e
Bolaghi in March.
team also plans to revise the dating of the region through exact
stratigraphy and to carry out palynological and phytological studies on
140 kilometers north of Shiraz, the provincial capital of Fars, Rahmatabad
Tepe is one of the most significant ancient sites in the Marvdasht region.
The tepe dates to the Chalcolithic era like the Tall-e Bakun site on the
plain of Persepolis.
unique artifacts have been discovered at the site by Iranian experts
during their geophysical surveys.
phase of the excavation work at Rahmatabad Tepe will continue for one more