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

Shahr-e Sukhte, or “Burnt City, is an archaeological site dating back to the Bronze Age. It is located in Iran, in its southeastern 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 of ​​151 hectares and represents one of the oldest and largest cities in the world. The settlement developed around 3200 BC and suffered at least three fires throughout its history, before being completely abandoned in 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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