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Valley, 7,000-Years-Old Centre for Pottery
28 May 2006
potsherds discovered in Bolaghi valley (Click to enlarge)
(CAIS) -- Discovery of several clay kilns in Bolaghi Valley
in Fars province shows that art of pottery was much flourished in this
historical site some 7000 years ago and that this place was the residential
settlement of handicrafts artists in pottery making during the ancient times.
This was announced in a one-day archaeology seminar which was held on 24th of
May in Iran's National Museum with a special focus on Bolaghi Valley historical
site. During this seminar, heads of archaeological teams issued their reports on
their accomplishments in this historical site.
Iranian-German joint archaeological team, represented in this seminar by Mojgan
Seyedein and Barbara Helwing, has announced the discovery of several numbers of
kilns for baking clays and used it as an evidence to claiming that a large
number of potters lived in Bolaghi Valley during the ancient times.
excavation team in Bolaghi Valley has succeeded in discovery of five clay bake kilns
in the area so far. Just like the clays found from the Bakun era, these kilns
enjoy a very high quality," said Mojgan Seyedein, Iranian head of the joint
Iranian-German archaeological team in Bolaghi Valley.
She also talked about some other accomplishments in this historical site during archaeological
excavations in areas no. 119, 73, and 131 of Bolaghi Valley such
as discovering some constructions belonging to the Achaemenid dynasty, residential
areas of the people during the Bakun era (5th millennium BCE), and discovering
the remains of some 7000-year-old skeletons such as a girl who was buried on her
Barbara Helwing, German head of the joint Iranian-German archaeological team in
Bolaghi Valley also talked about the discovery of a settlement area in this
historic site which belonged to some tribes who lived there during the Bakun era. "There were several hypothesis about the exact location of a
residential area which was believed to have belonged to the Bakun era; however,
our excavations ultimately revealed that it actually existed in area no. 131
near the Sivand Dam," explained Helwing.
Among other achievements of this team of archaeologists were finding the remains
of several skeletons and a mass grave containing 6 skeletons discovered by
excavating some deep trenches.
Iranian-German joint team has continued its excavations in Bolaghi Valley
historical site since winter 2006 under the supervision of Mojgan Seyedein from
Iran and Barbara Helwing from Germany. This team of archaeologists is working
alongside other Iranian and international experts to save the remaining evidence of
Bolaghi Valley before they are drowned by inundation of the nearby Sivand
Dam constructed by the Islamic regime.
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