ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS
Team Conducting DNA Tests in
Daily) - An
archeology laboratory has been established to
determine the DNA of the people who lived in the
'Burnt City' (Shahr-e Sukhtah) some 5,000 years
ago, reported CHN.
A French team has undertaken to conduct DNA tests
in the ancient city in southeast Iran.
The DNA tests will prove various theories by
determining the race and the original nationality
of the residents of the Burnt City (if they
immigrated to Iran from other territories), color
of their skin and hair and other information about
their culture and civilization.
Archeologist and head of team of experts involved
in the Burnt City excavations, Mansour Sajjadi
said that the DNA tests on the skeletons will
provide complete knowledge about assumptions made
by archeologists in several rounds of studies in
the Burnt City.
"It will help turn assumptions to facts and
respond to all the questions which have so far
remained unanswered," Sajjadi said.
"We have invited French and German
geneticists to help us determine the DNA of the
residents of Burnt City and we have also asked
Italian herbalists who have conducted two rounds
of studies at the site to come and resume their
work," he added.
Eight rounds of archeological studies have been
carried out in the Burnt City which was unearthed
in the vicinity of Zabol, Sistan-Baluchestan
The Burnt city stretches over an area of 150
hectares and studies indicated it was once the
cradle of a flourishing civilization.