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Iranian and American Archeologists to Excavate Susian Plain


14 October 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archeological excavations in Abu-Fondova historical site in Susian Plain, southwestern Iran, are about to start by a joint team of archeologists from Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and the Oriental Institute of University of Chicago.


Abu-Fondova historical hill is located on the western part of Susian Plain, 11 kilometers south of city of Susa and on the east side of Karkheh and Shavar rivers. It was one of the most prominent residential settlements in Susian Plain in the fifth millennium BCE. This area is consisted of two parts and covers an 11 hectare area.


“Considering the large amount of surface clays scattered in the area, Abu-Fondova is considered one of the most populated areas in Khuzestan province in the ancient times after Susa and Choghamish historical sites. Enjoying continuous cultural evidence dating back to the fifth millennium BCE to the late fourth millennium BCE, Abu-Fondova is one of the best places to undertake studies to find the origins of ruling powers in Susian Plain,” said Leili Niakan, Iranian head of the joint excavation team in Abu-Fondova historical site.


Excavations in this archeological site started in 1961 for the first time when an archeologist named professor Ezatollah Negahban created a small trench to study the Susian Plain. Later in 1973, a surface study was undertaken in the area by Gregory Johnson, current professor of anthropology at CYNY Graduate Center.


Now after more than 30 years, archeologists from ICHTO and Oriental Institute of University of Chicago are determined to continue the excavations under the supervision of Leili Niakan and Abbas Alizadeh based on systematic methods.


“Undertaking accurate stratigraphy studies in the area could lead us to some valuable historic evidence to classify the discovered clays in a chronological order,” she added Niakan.


According to her, identifying the relation between the people of Susian Plain and those of Southern Mesopotamia is the main objective behind these excavations. “Excavations in Abu-Fondova are also aimed at revealing whether existence of some cultural evidence similar to those of the Uruk Era (mid 4th to late 3rd millennium BCE, South Mesopotamia) in Susian Plain was the result of cultural relations between the two regions or migration of the South Mesopotamian ethnic groups to this plain,” explained Niakan.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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