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Bolaghi Valley, 7,000-Years-Old Centre for Pottery


28 May 2006




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 Decorated potsherds discovered in Bolaghi valley (Click to enlarge)


LONDON, (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. 


"Archaeological 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 side.

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.



Source/Extracted From: CHN



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