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Bronze Age Pottery Kiln Identified in the Burnt City


01 March 2009



LONDON, (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 information.”


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 “L'Istituto 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.




Original News bulletin published in Persian by CHN , and translated and modified by CAIS [*]




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