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Chogatikashan Civilization Dates Back to 4th Millennium BCE


28 June 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Potteries unearthed from an ancient mound in Chogatikashan indicated that civilization in the area dates to the third and fourth millennium BCE.

According to Persian Service of CHN, Chogatikashan ancient mound is located 2 km west of Ilam where architectural heritage from the Sasanid dynastic era (224-651 CE) had earlier been discovered.

Head of archaeological excavation team at Chogatikashan, Khosrow Pur-Bakhshandeh said that excavations were conducted in the historical site for educational purpose for students majoring in archaeology who took an active part in the operation.

He said that four chapters of excavation at the site have led to the unearthing of ruins from the Sasanid dynastic era and at the same time, potteries uncovered from the site give the impression that human settlements existed in the area in pre-historic era.

“In the fourth chapter of excavations, the surface of the site’s floor was uncovered in addition to remains of walls of stone slates and plaster which were typical of Sasanid buildings.“

Pur-Bakhshandeh said that the construction materials which were common during the Sasanid dynasty were also used in other ancient structures in Ilam, but, they cannot be repaired because of extent of destruction.

He said that the mound is three meters higher than the surrounding land. He regretted that the Sasanid structure on the hilltop have collapsed due to its antiquity, cultivation activities and negligence of local people.

Pur-Bakhshandeh said that proximity of pools for filtering Ilam’s drinking water also contributed to the destruction of the cultural heritage.

The historical mound of Chogatikashan is situated in the southern section of Haft Cheshmeh village, a suburb of Ilam.


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