Iran, the archaeological season for the "burnt city"

The University of Salento, in the prehistoric site of Shahr-e Sukhteh.

A new archaeological season for Shahr-e Sukhteh, the famous Iranian Burned City (Shahr-e Sukhteh), in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan. "The eighteenth archaeological season in the prehistoric site of Shahr-e Sukhteh is in collaboration with the University of Salento, and lasts for 35 days," explained the Iranian archaeologist Seyyed Mansour Seyyed Sajadi. He then adds: "This excavation work takes place in a former residential area of ​​the site, dating back to 5.000 years ago." The expert then explained that the excavations will focus on studies of zoology, botany and anthropology, "which could provide many information on animals, plantations and human life in the Burnt City ”.

Shahr-e Sukhte, or "Burnt City, is an archaeological site dating back to the Bronze Age. It is found in Iran, in its south-eastern part, not far from the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is an urban settlement attributable to the Jiroft Culture, in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan. The site, Heritage Unesco since 2014, it covers an area equal to 151 hectares and represents one of the oldest and largest cities in the world. The settlement developed around the 3200 BC and suffered at least three fires during its history, before the complete abandonment of the 1800 BC

Preliminary excavation operations began in the 1960 for the merit of an Italian archaeological group. The quality and quantity of the findings discovered over the last few years show that this Bronze Age site is the most important sociological, political, economic, commercial, craft, administrative and cultural center of the III and II millennium BC C. of the whole area of ​​the Middle East.

The province of Sistan and Baluchistan is one of the thirty-one provinces of Iran. The capital is Zahedan. It is located in the south-eastern part of Iran on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan


Shahr-i Sokhta

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