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Burnt City Excavation in Early Stages


News Category: Prehistory

 26 November 2005



Excavations in 5,000-year-old site of Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhta) in Zabol, Sistan-Baluchestan province will last for four generations, according to the Persian daily Jam-e Jam.

Director of Burnt City’s international archeological team, Mansour Seyyed-Sajjadi said that archeologists have so far managed to explore only two percent of the ancient city in the last eight rounds of excavations.

This is while two years study is needed for each round of excavation in the area, he noted.

Turning to the activities scheduled for the ninth round, he said that archeologists will focus on memorial monuments, residential areas and cemeteries.

Stating that 16 local experts, who have graduated from Zabol and Zahedan universities, are collaborating with the team in the current round, Seyyed-Sajjadi added that the locals have great talents.

According to IRNA, the ninth season of the excavation began in November and will continue until early January.

Researchers on archeological botany, geology, anthropology, natural geography and medicine have been employed in the various seasons of the excavations at the site, he added.

Zabol is located 205 kilometers north of Zahedan and has 314 kilometers of common borders with Afghanistan’s Nimrouz province.



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