The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Continuation of archaeological research in the vicinity of Zab (zāb) River near the historic site of Rabat Tappeh, northwest Iran, resulted in the discovery of the second group of potsherd site dating back to 3200 to 3000 BCE. Announced Bahman Kargar, an archaeologist with Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of West Azarbaijan province (WACHTO).
According to him, this type of clay has also been found in other historical sites of Iran such as Khuzestan and Mahi Dasht in Ilam province. “Last time such discovery was ever reported goes back to the unearthing of potsherds dating back to the same era by late T. Cuyler Young in the city of Kangavar (kangāvar), Iran’s western Kermanshah province,” added Kargar.
However, he said that this is the
first time in history that such potshards have been discovered in archaeological
sites of northwest Iran.
kind of clay has also been found in the ancient Sumerian city of Uruk. Kargar
believes that the discovered clays must have been made concurrent with Late Uruk
IV period. He also said that the city-states, which governed northwest of
present-day Iran, are likely to have originated in Rabat Tappeh.
recent discovery of potsherd sites at the basin of Zab River belonging to early
historical era in northwest Iran raised the hope for obtaining more information
on the region’s past to fill the existing cultural and chronicle gap in the
history of this part of the country. Archaeologists are hoping that more studies
on the discovered clay pieces and the two enamelled brick inscriptions found
recently in Rabat Tappeh could help unravel the mysteries surrounding this
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