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Archaeologists Wrapped Up 2nd Excavation Season at 4000-Year-Old Rabat Tappeh


13 January 2007




LONDON, (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.


Archaeologists 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 historic site. 


“45 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.


According 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 the region. 


During 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.


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.   




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

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