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City, the Best
Archaeological Site for Human Resources
24 November 2005
of the International Anthropological Team working at Shahr-e
Soukhteh (Burnt City) near the city of Zabol,
Sistan-Baluchestan province Farzad Forouzanfar, said here
Wednesday that this historical area is the world best
archaeological site for conducting research on human
He told that a variety of human remains with decomposition
ranging from one to 100 percent have been unearthed at
Shahr-e Soukhteh cemetery.
Forouzanfar added that due to the suitable soil of the
site, a great number of skeletons have also been
discovered at the graveyard.
He said that the historical Shahr-e Soukhteh site, in
particular its graveyard, has a unique position on account
of its soil.
Some 400 human skeletons of different age and sizes have
been unearthed at the cemetery during eight seasonal
excavations conducted at the site.
"The studies by experts show that both men and women
in the 5,000-year-old city of Shahr-e Soukhteh had been
inflicted with spinal cord disorders.
"The tallest skeleton discovered at the area belongs
to a man 1.9 meters tall," he added.
According to the continuous research conducted in the area
by experts, the women residing in Shahr-e Soukhteh in
3,200 BC used to cooperate with men in economic activities
and earning a living.
The ninth excavation season in the historical site started
about two weeks ago and a number of Iranian and French
researchers are involved in it.
Covering an area of 150 hectares, the ancient city of
Shahr-e Soukhteh is located 55 kilometers from Zabol on
the fringes of Zabol-Zahedan road.
Its cemetery covers 25 hectares and the city comprises
memorial structures as well as residential and industrial
More than four billion cultural items have been estimated
to exist in Shahr-e Soukhteh.
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