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Site Discovered in Southeastern Iran
(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
“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
Covering an area of 152 hectares, the Burnt City, located 57 kilometres from the city of Zabol is the largest prehistoric site of
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.
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