ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS
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
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.