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Burnt City Mysteries Revealed Unravelled


News Category: Iron Age I-II (ca. 1350-800 BCE)

14 January 2006



Shahr-e_sukhteh2.jpg (66086 bytes)LONDON, (CAIS) -- Discovery of potteries dating back to the first millennium BC in the ancient mound called Taleb-Khan in Zabol, Sistan-Baluchestan province, has led archeologists to conclude that the inhabitants of Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhtah) migrated to the area after abandoning their hometown, CHN reported.

Earlier, archeological excavations in Taleb-Khan Mound resulted in the discovery of potteries pertaining to the third millennium BC, which bore striking resemblance to those unearthed in the Burnt City.

The potteries revealed that the mound was part of a village in the suburbs of the Burnt City.

Director of the excavation team in Burnt City and Taleb-Khan Mound, Mansour Sajjadi, said that since the start of the excavations at the site, archeologists have always asked themselves where the tribes inhabiting Burnt City migrated to after their hometown was destroyed in the second millennium BC.

This, he said, led to the third round of excavation in Taleb-Khan Mound.

Sajjadi further said that although some sections of Taleb-Khan Mound were destroyed due to the construction of roads and water supply operations, the remaining parts are sufficient for providing answers for archeological questions.

Archeologists are still in the dark about a 200-year gap which remains unaccounted for in their studies on Burnt City while this is not the case for Taleb-Khan Mound and life continued in the area until the first millennium BC.




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