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 Diagnosis of Common Diseases in Burnt City


02 October 2005


CHN - Italian paleopathologists plan to diagnose the common diseases of the burnt City 5000 years ago in their 9th excavation season on the site, which would be the first study in its own kind.

Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhteh) is a 5000 year old ancient site with graveyards and architectural structures. The city was once the habitation of a civilization developed in cultural and economic fields. Studies show that the site was once the center of international trade.

“An Italian four-member team from Pisa University will be the present for the site new excavations to diagnose the once common diseases of the city,” said Mansour Sajadi, head of Burnt City excavation team.

“The team will operate the project under leadership of Professor Gino Fornaciari from University of Pisa,” he said, “the study is the first in its own kind and we hope it will be also continued in the other sites”.

Some of the diseases were spotted previously by the anthropologists of the Burnt City excavation team but the Italian team wants to diagnose all of them, whether leading to death or not.

According to Sajadi, “we had decided initially to progress the excavation project in a 10 year period. Now that we are entering the 9th year of excavation, we have gathered enough cultural evidence to precede with the paleopathological studies.”

The 9th season of excavation in the Burnt City will start with the presence of the most famous archaeologists engaged in interdisciplinary branches of archaeology. For some of the experts, it will be the first time in the site.

Burnt City is among the most important archaeological sites of Iran in which Iranian archaeologists continued excavations after Italian experts departed during the Revolution in 1979.




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