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New Season of Archaeological Research Commences at the Elamite site of Tappeh Sanjar


03 March 2009



LONDON, (CAIS) -- The new season of archaeological research has begun in Tappeh Sanjar in the town of Andimeshk, reported the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.


“Tappeh Sanjar is one of the principle Elamite sites which also holds remains from prehistory. The new season is the continuation of previous seasons which a survey and preliminary excavations were carried out", said Alireza Sardari, director of archaeological excavation tem.


According to Sardai “The objective of this season is to reach the lowest layer and subsequently the virgin soil.”


“In previous seasons we have discovered a cylindrical seal with the design of a winged horse on its end, a bullae, pottery vessels, figurines all date back to the Elamite period. Also during that season constructions and walls, including a series of thick walls which was part of large construction such as a fortress”, said Sardari.


Back in June 2006, archaeologists discovered Elamite (2700-550 BCE) artefacts as well as a large number of other artefacts dating back to the Achaemenid (550-330 BCE) to Parthian (248 BCE – 224 CE) dynastic eras.


He added “in this site there is a large tappeh (archaeological mound), spanning 18 hectares, including a central tappeh and five small surrounding areas.”


The site is being excavated with joint cooperation from Iran Archaeological Research Centre and Azad University of Dezful. The season will continue until the end of April this year (2009).


Tappeh Sanjar is situated nearly 15 kilometres north of Susa, and it is one of the central sectors of town of Andimeshk in the north of Khuzestan Province, south of Iran.





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




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