The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Excavations have been suspended in some areas of the 5200-year-old Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhteh) due to a cutback in funding.
current operations, which commenced on November 10 and which are being
undertaken by a team of Iranian and international archaeologists, constitute the
11th season of studies and excavations at the Burnt City, in southeastern Iran.
funds allocated for this season are less than one-fourth of the budget paid
annually for excavations at the site,” the Burnt City Cultural Heritage Centre
director Alireza Khosravi told the Persian service of CHN on Saturday.
excavations currently underway at other archaeological sites in Iran which are
being threatened by the construction of dams, roads, etc. prevent officials from
allocating the necessary finance for operations at the Burnt City,” he added.
to officials at the Archaeology Research Centre of Iran these budget cuts are
temporary,” Khosravi noted.
excavation season at the Burnt City, which is considered Iran’s most
important archaeological site, has resulted in the discovery of an amazing
the last season, the team of archaeologists unearthed a 4800-year-old skull of a
woman complete with an artificial eyeball.
had previously discovered an earthenware bowl bearing the world’s oldest
example of animation.
seasons of excavation at the Burnt City have been led by Iranian archaeologist
an area of 150 hectares, it is located 57 kilometres from the city of Zabol in
Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
was one of the world’s largest conurbations at the dawn of the urban era and
was well developed during the third millennium BCE. It thus constitutes one of
the country’s most important prehistoric sites.
city, which was burnt down three times, shows evidence of four stages of
civilization. Since it was not rebuilt after the last conflagration, it has been
named the Burnt City.
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