The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Archaeologists at Rabat Tappeh, northwest
Iran, succeeded in discovery of the third site full of potshards dated back to
the advent of literature in the area. This way the second season of
archaeological excavations came to an end at Rabat Tappeh during which four
Assyrian cuneiform brick-inscriptions and three potshard sites all belonging to
sometime between 3200 and 3000 BCE were unearthed.
are hoping that that discovery of potshards dated to that era, could open new
horizons in archaeology of the region and reveal some mysteries surrounding this
days of field research and creating 13 trenches 5x5 meters in size resulted in
the discovery of some exceptional flagstones and glazed bricks depicting human,
animal, plantations, and figurines that are considered among the most unique
evidence of civilization in the northwestern part of the country dates back to
the Iron Age (ca.
1350-800 BCE),” said excavation director, Reza Heidari, about some
major achievements by his team at Rabat Tappeh.
to Heidari, discovery of Assyrian brick-inscriptions could fill in some historic
gaps such as the invasion by the Assyrian King Sargon II (722-705 BCE) and help
to reveal the relation between Assyrian, Mannaean, and Urartian governments in
this season of excavations at Rabat Tappeh which started on 23rd of
October last year, geomagnetic studies were carried out by archaeologists in an
a 4 hectare area to identify the unknown historic layers at Rabat Tappeh.
Preparing a survey map of this historic site which is believed to span over a 25
hectare area was another important accomplishment by archaeologists at Rabat
Tappeh is one of the richest archaeological sites in West Azarbaijan province,
northwest Iran, and dates back to more than 35000 years ago. Archaeologists had
estimated the area of this historic site to be only four hectares; however, last
year’s studies at Rabat Tappeh and its surrounding historic sites showed that
it covers an area of 25 hectares.
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