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Ancient Kilns of Gohar-Tappeh Transferable: Expert


20 November 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Two recently discovered kilns at Gohar-Tappeh can be relocated, the director of the archaeological team working at the Iron Age site in Iran’s northern province of Mazandaran said.


“If the farming activities allow us and the kilns remain intact, two of the four kilns discovered at the site are so intact that we can transfer them to a safe haven,” Ali Mahforuzi told the Persian service of CHN on Saturday.


Many kilns used for baking pottery works were recently destroyed in the section of the 3000-year-old mound which is known as the industrial center of the site by farmers plowing the area.


“The lack of evidence of urbanization during the Iron Age in this region was a big problem for the team, but the discovery of the kilns solved the puzzle,” Mahforuzi said.


“In the new excavations, we found a 200-square-meter area where we discovered the shards and kilns. We found the residential site of the potters beside the kilns,” he added.


The evidence shows that Gohar-Tappeh had reached urbanization during the first millennium BCE and it began to flourish after the migrations of people during the Iron Age.


The archaeological team recently unearthed a cobblestoned lane at Gohar-Tappeh during the current phase of excavations, which has been underway since September 2.


They had previously unearthed a skeleton of a warrior buried in an attacking pose with a dagger in his hands in one grave, a skeleton of a child and a bronze pendant with a bull-horn motif in another grave, and a number of bull statuettes at the site in September and October 2005.


The archaeologists also discovered an unidentified artifact in a grave beside a skeleton, which some prominent musicians of Mazandaran believe looks like a clarinet.




Extracted From/Source: Mehr News

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