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LONDON, (CAIS) -- A part of the Burnt City’s grain storehouse was unearthed during the archaeological stratigraphy of the 5200-year-old site in southeastern Iran.
team of archaeologists led by Mansur Sajjadi began the excavations in early
November in an area measuring 2x50 meters.
team is carrying out a stair-like excavation in the area. When we reach a
stratum, we stop digging and continue the excavation one meter ahead. Thus, we
have discovered different strata through this method,” Sajjadi said.
found remnants of a building in one of the strata during the excavations. The
team performed some tests on soil gathered from the building’s grounds and
found traces of 5000-year-old grain. Near the entrances of the building, we also
discovered some beads which confirmed our idea that the building is a grain
storehouse,” he explained.
Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhta) was a prosperous city in ancient times, and had
various districts that had storehouses for certain trades and professions, which
should be excavated in the future, Sajjadi said in conclusion.
team has also announced that they plan to make studies during the current phase
of excavations to determine if one of the large structures discovered in the
urban area of the site is a temple.
seasons of excavations have been carried out at the Burnt City, which is located
57 kilometres from the city of Zabol in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
an area of 150 hectares, the site was one of the world’s largest cities at the
dawn of the urban era. It was built circa 3200 BCE and destroyed some time
around 2100 BCE.
city had four stages of civilization and was burnt down three times. Since it
was not rebuilt after the last time it was burnt down, it has been named the
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