The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Continuation of excavations in the vicinity of Burnt City (Shahr-e
Sukhteh) in the Iranian southeastern province of Sistān va Baluchestān raised
the number of satellite areas in this prehistoric city to 362, a fact which
distinguishes this ancient city from other historic sites in Iran.
this news, Alireza Khosravi, director of Archaeology Research Centre of the
Burnt City, said: “Prior to this, more than 250 satellite areas had been
identified in the vicinity of Burnt City, 130 of which have been documented by
the provincial registration council. Continuation of our studies in the area
during the recent months further raised the number of Burnt City’ satellite
villages to 362.”
of such large numbers of satellite villages in the vicinity of Burnt City shows
how greatly the culture of this historic city affected its surrounding areas
some 5000 years ago. During the last month alone, unremitting studies by experts
of Burnt City’s Research Centre led into identifying 50 satellite hills in the
vicinity of this historic city.
further mentioned that the excavations have so far been carried out within 10 to
15 kilometres from the Burnt City and expressed hope that if the area under
study is expanded, it is likely that archaeologists identify up to 1000
satellite villages in the area. “Evidence points to existence of some
historical sites similar to Burnt City’s satellite villages up to a distance
of 60 kilometres from the core of this ancient city,” added Khosravi.
to Khosravi, Burnt City’s satellite villages are not evenly distributed.
Studies have so far revealed that their number increases as one gets closer to
the basin of Hirmand River.
the identified historical sites in the vicinity of the Burnt City have been
documented to be registered in the list of Iran’s National Heritage Sites.
Located 57 kilometres from Zabol in Sistan va Baluchestan province, southeast Iran, Burnt City is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Iran. The city covers an area of 150 hectares and was one of the largest cities in the world at the dawn of the urban era. It was built around 3200 BCE and was destroyed sometime around 2100 BCE. The city had four stages of civilization and was burnt down three times in the course of history, which is why it is called Burnt City in modern era.
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