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Bolaghi Valley Ancient Kilns to be Relocated to Persepolis


07 August 2006




LONDON, (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 Valley.

“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 ground.

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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