In Iran, an international team of archaeologists excavating the “Burnt City” has uncovered a collection of rare artifacts that will shed new light on the history of this mysterious ancient metropolis.
The Tehran Times reports on the discovery. It was carried out by a team of archaeologists from Iran, Italy and Serbia. They are looking for clues to the mystery of the repeated death and revival of a mysterious ancient settlement in southeastern Iran, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the “Burned City”.
It is reported that archaeologists during the 19th field season discovered new traces of prehistoric settlements that existed at the site. In addition to the remains of structures, numerous artifacts were discovered, some of which are very rare.
Iranian archaeologist Hossein Moradi noted that as in previous archaeological seasons, a significant number of different figurines have been discovered this year. New discoveries could be made in the coming weeks, he said: archaeologists have dug research trenches in long-destroyed buildings, which are believed to give them access to earlier layers of human “occupation” of the region.
The Burnt City presents a mystery to researchers. In Persian, its name sounds like “Shahr-e Sukhtekh”. Researchers associate it with four historical turns – catastrophic fires. They almost completely destroyed the civilization that existed here, but each time the city was literally reborn from the ashes.
This facility is located on the territory of the modern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan. The city stood at the crossroads of the Bronze Age trade routes that crossed the Iranian plateau. It was founded around 3200 BC. The Burnt City is believed to have been inhabited for four main periods up until 1800 BC. Previous excavations have shown that its inhabitants were highly skilled in weaving and highly skilled in crafts. They created exquisite decorative objects, were unsurpassed masters of stone carving and painting of pottery.