The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The joint German-Iranian archaeological team working in the Bolaghi Valley in Fars Province is currently excavating a site that they believe may be a prehistoric settlement from the Bakun period (late 5th to early 4th millennium BCe).
German-Iranian team is one of several teams working on the Archaeological Rescue
Excavations of the Bolaghi Valley, a project that has been implemented to study
130 archaeological sites before the reservoir of the Sivand Dam is filled and
floods a large section of the valley in late spring.
March 31, Mojgan Seyedin, the head of the Iranian team and Barbara Helwing, the
head of the German team, took the journalists on a tour of the sites the team is
excavating in the Bolaghi Valley and described their latest findings.
team has discovered a pottery workshop and numerous shards from the Bakun
who is the head of the Tehran branch of the German Archaeological Institute, and
Seyedin, who is a member of the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research,
showed the journalists, pottery kilns from the workshop, explaining that they
had discovered six kilns and excavated five.
pointed out that one of the kilns has a special canal for inserting firewood.
German archaeologist said that the prehistoric kilns would be removed before the
reservoir floods the site and later displayed in a new museum that is being
built in the village of Pasargad, which is beside the ancient Persian capital of
at their base camp in the village of Pasargad, team members were working on the
shards and attempting to reassemble them into pottery. Amazingly, the Bakun
period designs on the shards were still very clear, even after approximately
team has also discovered an Achaemenid dynastic era structure with a water canal
beside it but has not yet been able to determine the function of the building.
the German-Iranian team has been tasked with excavating prehistoric sites, they
explained that they would also work on the Achaemenid building since there is so
little time left to complete the emergency rescue project.
hundred meters from the pottery workshop, the team is excavating a site which
they believe may have been a settlement where the prehistoric people who
established the pottery workshop lived.
said that geophysical, geomorphological, and aerial surveys of the Bolaghi
Valley have been conducted to determine the location of potential archaeological
joint German-Iranian archaeological team has been working in the Bolaghi Valley
stated that the team wanted to continue their work in the fall season but that
would not be possible because the Sivand Dam reservoir is scheduled to be filled
in late spring.
went on to say that underwater archaeology would not be possible after the
Bolaghi Valley is flooded since the sites would become covered in sediment and
area was previously called Tang-e Bolaghi, which means Bolaghi Pass, but since
most of the sites are in the valley that opens up after the mountain pass, it is
now called the Bolaghi Valley.
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