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Ashena Tappeh to be Submerged without Presence of Archaeologists


21 May 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The prehistoric site of Āshenā Tappeh in Esfahan province which is come out of water only once a year during September, would be submerged without presence of archaeologists this year. Last year, archaeologists conducted some sounding works on this prehistoric hill.


Announcing this news, Asadollah Mirza Aqajani, head of archaeology team during the first season of excavation said: “Following lowering of water level, last year we succeeded in undertaking some sounding works and delimiting this prehistoric hill. This research work in Āshenā Tappeh led into discovery of a number of earthenware evidence dating back to late of first Bakun era (late fourth millennium BCE and early third millennium BCE).”


He further added: “During these excavations we also discovered a skeleton of an infant belonging to Iron Age (about 3 thousand years ago) which despite that the hill was already submerged, it was still remained intact.”


Ashena Tappeh is located 120 kilometres distance of Chādegān behind Zāyandeh Rud Dam and in the vicinity of Zāyandeh Rud River in Esfahan province. This 13-meter-hill is situated at the farthest point of Zanyandeh Rood reservoir and during September it appears like a small island. 


Head of excavation team told CHN: “Archaeological studies on Āshenā Tappeh resulted in two main discoveries including: for the first time we succeeded in finding traces belonging to Bronze Age in Esfahan province and discovery of remains of wooden pillars in the lowest level of the hill.”


Aqajani believes that excavation in this part could provide archaeologists some invaluable information about prehistoric settlements in this region.


This year the research project on this prehistoric hill was rejected by Archaeology

Research Centre, therefore, this year archaeologists would have no chance to resume their studies in this prehistoric hill.


On the other hand, there is another hill next to Āshenā Tappeh as well which has the same condition and will submerge completely by inundation of the dam.


Archaeology team has also succeeded in discovering remains of engraved earthenware dishes resembles to those already unearthed in Marvdasht, Fars province, Susa, Khuzestan province and Sialk Tappeh in city of Kāshān, in this ancient site.


According to Aqajani, from chronological point of view these two prehistoric hills are closely correlated with each other and in this research project, archaeologists were determined to do chronological studies on both of them.




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


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