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Valley Ancient Kilns to be Relocated to Persepolis
07 August 2006
(CAIS) -- Archeologists of Parse-Pasargadae Research
Center have started transferring of clay baking kilns found in Bolaghi Valley
during archeological excavations to the nearby Persepolis, hoping to take them
off the ground safely. These kilns were unearthed by the joint Iranian-German
archeology team and are believed to date back to 5000 BCE. So far, five kilns
have been found in the region which are to be transferred to Persepolis to
prevent being drowned after the inundation of Sivand Dam, constructed in Bolaghi
“Salvation project has started to save the remains of these clay-baking kilns.
So far, we have finished the first phase of the project during which one of the kilns
was packaged using polyethylene substances to prevent any damages when lifted by
derricks,” explained Hassan Rahsaz, head of the salvation project for saving
ancient kilns of Bolaghi Valley.
The discovered kilns are made of clay and were buried for nearly 7000 years,
making it hard to transfer them from one place to another. However, experts have
tried to carefully wrap them with materials to ensure that no harms would
threaten these ancient kilns during the transferring process. Rahsaz believes
that there is a slim chance that the kiln falls apart when being lifted from the
According to Rahsaz, this has slowed down the whole project, but has increased
the level of accuracy and ensured minimum harm to the kiln. He said this is the
first time ever that a pre-historic clay structure the size of these kilns is
being taken off the ground. The discovered clay kilns will be transferred to
Persepolis one by one with extreme care and attention.
Archeologists have so far been able to find five clay kilns in Bolaghi Valley
along with other numerous discoveries in this ancient site. However, geophysical
studies suggest there must still be four other clay kilns buried in this area.
Based on the evidence at hand, experts believe that there must have existed a
large clay workshop in Bolaghi Valley sometime around 5000 BCE.
Bolaghi Valley is an archeological site in Fars province which will be flooded
once the nearby Sivad Dam is inaugurated, the date of which has not yet been
determined. Archeologists are boosting their excavations at this historic site
to save as much as possible the evidence of thousands of years of civilizations
before the entire area is drowned.
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