The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- During the stratigraphical study conducted
on Teppeh-Dasht archaeological site located 3 kilometres away from Burnt City (Shahr-e
Sukhteh) in Sistan-va-Baluchestan Province, archaeologists have identified a
5000-years-old pottery kiln, reported the Persian Service of CHN on Saturday.
“Current evidences verify that this
pottery kiln is the same type as the kiln discovered by Maurizio Tosi at Rud-Biyābān
Tappeh II”, said Mehdi Mortazavi, director of Archaeological Survey and
Stratigraphical Research team in the Burnt City.
Mortazavi who is a member of Scientific
Group of the Sistan-va-Baluchestan University believes Teppeh-Dasht was one of
the most important satellite areas of Burnt City.
With regard to archaeogeography of the
site Mortazvi added “due to the discovery of numerous pottery kilns in the
site, it appears that the site was very important industrial centre for Burnt
City and had played a major role in production of pottery.”
He asserted that the abundance of
bole-soil, water and wood as a fuel for making pottery were the main factors
behind the formation of pottery workshops in the area.
“Evidences indicate that there was a
lake in the area during the Moronze Age,” said Mortazavi.
Some soil samples from the area which can
be found within 3 kilometres radius of the site were sent to Esfahan and
Sistan-va-Baluchestan Universities for further analyses.
With regard to previous archaeological
research in the area Mortazavi said “This site was initially discovered and
excavated by Maurizio Tosi. He named the site based on the local and vernacular
Dr Maurizio Tosi, currently professor of
Archaeology at the University of Bologna was the director of Italian
Archaeological Mission in Sistan-va-Baluchestan Province in 1967, on behalf of
italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente” (IsMEO) nowadays “Istituto
Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente” (IsIAO)].
The first and immediate findings by the Italian team were surprising and the expedition continued working until 1978, obtaining brilliant results.
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