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Germay's Mainz University to Continue Haft Tappeh Excavations


News Category: Prehistory

 04 November 2005



Field studies at the historical site of Haft Tappeh in Khuzestan province, which were conducted under a one-year agreement between Mainz University in Germany and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization’s Archaeological Research Center, are complete and an analysis of artifacts discovered from the site is underway in laboratories.

Announcing this, director of Iran-German Excavation Team, Behzad Mofidi told ISNA that another agreement will be signed with Mainz University for continued exploration at the site.
Potentially, studies at Haft Tappeh can be continued for several more years and German Mainz University will sign another five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the organization’s Archeological Research Center to continue its activities in the site, he added.

Stating that a large number of potteries, bronze artifacts, inscriptions and clay statues have been unearthed from Haft Tappeh, Mofidi said that the objects should be studied and identified.

Herbal specimens should also be examined, he noted.

The official said that clay inscriptions, which are numerous and constitute a complete archive, will be deciphered by experts.

Haft Tappeh historical site, which is located near the Choghazanbil Ziggurat, is said to have been the capital of one of the Elamite kings.

Inscriptions unearthed from the site date back to 3,500 years ago.





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