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'Burnt City' Still Fascinates Archaeologists
14 December 2007
(CAIS) -- Archaeologists find
fascinating artefacts in the Bronze Age tombs of Iran's archaeological site of
Shahr-e Sukhte (The Burnt City).
The Italian archaeological team discovered the remains of dishes, footwear,
cloth-weaving tools and different types of fabrics made from sheep and goat
wool, coloured using natural dyes.
The settlement appeared around 3200 BCE and went through four stages of
civilization. It burnt down three times before finally being abandoned in 2100
Evidence suggests that inhabitants of the area used to bury food with their dead
to sustain them in the afterlife.
Professor Lorenzo Costantini's team found specimens of coriander, caraway and
wild pistachio and evidence of watermelon, lentil, barley and grapes.
The Burnt City is located near the city of Zabol in Sistan va Baluchestan
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