The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- In
pursuing their researching activities in Sistan plain, archaeology team of
Sistan va Baluchestan University has succeeded to identify more than 700
historic and prehistoric sites in this part of Sistan va Baluchestan province.
the excavations in Sistan plain have not been wrapped up yet, Rasoul Mousavi
Haji, one of the heads of the archaeology team in Sistan plain gives the
possibility for identifying some more historic sites in the area.
discovery of a large number of prehistoric sites shed light into the importance
of this area during very ancient times, we have also succeeded in identifying a
number of historical sites dating back to the post Achaemenid period (330-248)
and Parthian dynasty (248 BCE-224 CE) for the first time in this area. A number
of historical sites belonging to 12-15 centuries CE have been also identified in
the region, which were never seen before,” said Mousavi to Persian service of
archaeology team has also succeeded in identifying of historical sites dating
back to Achaemenid (550-330 BCE) and Sasanian (224-651 CE) dynastic eras in the
of tracing civilization, cultural, and artistic evidence in the region, Mousavi
Haji explained: “Identifying of historic evidence which is as old as the Burnt
City are among the most prominent achievements during these archaeological
activities in Sistan plain. These areas enjoyed industrial centres and we have
also discovered a large number of decorative semi-precious gems such as lapis
new discoveries bring into light that the industry of using ornamental gems was
not limited to the Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhteh) and the satellite hills of this
prehistoric city also enjoyed similar industrial activity.
Haji further explained about discovery of a unique piece of earthenware with the
design of a human being in one of prehistoric sites contemporary with the Burnt
City which was never seen before in Burnt City and its satellite sites.
to Mousavi, the recent researches show that the number of prehistoric and
historic sites in Sistan plain must have surpassed to what was previously
assumed and each 6 kilometers of Sistan plain must have contained one historic
site. This is while prior to this it was supposed that each 10 kilometres must
have hidden a historic site.
excavations have been started by a team of archaeologist in 22 areas of Sistan
plain which have been divided into two phases. According to Mehrafarin, one of
the other heads of the team, discovery of more than 700 historic and prehistoric
sites was the result of archaeological efforts during the first phase of
All achieved information in this researching project is due to be gathered and categorized in the archaeological Atlas of Sistan va Baluchestan province.
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