team of archaeologists plans to search for the
graves of potters at the Burnt City during the
ninth stage of excavations at the site, the
Persian service of CHN announced on Friday.
57 kilometers from the city of Zabol in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan
Province, the Burnt City was one of the world’s largest cities at the
dawn of the urban era.
head of the excavation team at the Burnt City, Mansur Sajjadi, said that
the team is determined to identify the graves to learn more about the
culture of workers in that era.
workshops were built outside of the city because of the pollution caused
by the burning furnaces of the workshops. So the potters were obliged to
build their houses near the workshops, and we think we will be able to
find their graves near the workshops as well,” he added.
pointed out that the discovery of the graves would not necessarily mean
that high quality pieces of earthenware would be found, saying, “The
earthenware in graves indicates the social level of the buried person.
Graves with better pieces of earthenware show the person was of a higher
class. And the potters were mostly from middle class families, so the
discovery of their graves would shed light on the culture of workers of
Burnt City covers an area of 150 hectares and was one of the world’s
largest cities in the third millennium BC. It was built in 3200 BC and
flourished until it was destroyed sometime around 2100 BC.
city experienced four stages of civilization and was burnt down three
times, and that is why it was named the Burnt City.
many studies have been carried out on the Burnt City, so far experts have
not been able to determine the ethnicity and language of the city’s