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Ancient Clay Seal Found in Bolaghi Gorge


04 May 2005



A joint team of Iranian and German archaeologists discovered an ancient clay seal in Bolaghi Gorge, behind the newly constructed yet unflooded Dam of Sivand. The seal which includes geometrical designs is the first sign of trade discovered of the ancient lives in the area.

Bolaghi Gorge, near Pasargadae world heritage, is the site of attempts by multinational teams who are working against the clock to save the ancient remains and antiquities there before the Sivand Dam is flooded in one year.

The clay seal which has a handle is similar to those found in Bakoun Tepe, near Marvdasht of Fars, and according to Iranian head of the joint team of Iranian and German archaeologists, Mozhgan Simin, can be a sign of the trade activities of the ancient area, providing information on the economic and social conditions of the time.

The team has also discovered a pottery kiln. “The kiln is of stonework and considering the pottery found around it, we believe it probably dates back to 7500 years ago,” explained Simin.

Experts working in the area have so far identified more than 120 archaeological sites in Bolaghi Gorge, as part of the project launched to save the historical remains of the area before the Sivand Dam is flooded.




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