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5000-Year-Old Site Discovered in Southeastern Iran


09 June 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- A vast archaeological site dating back to the third millennium BCE was discovered during the latest excavations in Bampur region in Sistan va Baluchestan Province, southeastern Iran.

“In the Bampur valley, there is an ancient site covered with sand mounds, which is as large as the Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhteh) and may belong to a civilisation as great as the civilisation of that the city,” Mehdi Mortazavi, an archaeologist of the University of Sistan-va-Baluchestan, told the Persian service of CHN on Saturday.

According to Mortazavi, the site measures 1x1.5 kilometre.

“I feel sure that there are a large number of sites like this here. Such sites may even exist in nearby regions like Sarāvān,” he stated.

Mortazavi refused to give more details about the location of the site for security reasons.

“It’s better for the site to remain covered for the time being, because it will be plundered by illegal excavations if the precise location of the site is revealed,” he argued.

Twenty sites – mostly prehistoric – have been discovered by the archaeologists of the University of Sistan-va-Baluchestan over the past few years.

Covering an area of 152 hectares, the Burnt City, located 57 kilometres from the city of Zabol is the largest prehistoric site of the province.

It 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.

The city, which was burnt down three times, shows evidence of four stages of civilisation. Since it was not rebuilt after the last conflagration, it has been named the Burnt City.







Extracted From/Source:  Mehr News [*]




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