Monday, April 26, 2010
More Graves Uncovered in Shar-i Sokhtah
Ancient graves found in Iran Burnt City
Sat, 24 Apr 2010 09:44:47 GMT
More ancient graves have been discovered at Iran's Burnt City as archeologists were conducting the 13th phase of excavation works at the prehistoric site.
The unearthed tombs at the Burnt City site located in southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province date back to about 3,000 BC, Rouhollah Shirazi, an official with Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization told IRNA on Thursday.
Shirazi also added that the archeologists made the discoveries during last winter's excavations around the eastern wing of the city, where its residential buildings, monuments and cemetery were located.
According to the Iranian official who directs the Burnt City excavation works, a number of buried relics were also unearthed along with the graves.
Archeologists have also found a well-preserved building in the residential area, covering around 80 square hectares of the total 151 square hectares of the ancient city.
The 5000-year-old Burnt City is located near the city of Zabol where four civilizations used to live. It was burnt down three times and not rebuilt after the last fire.
The world's oldest animated picture, dice and backgammon set (the miraculously preserved wooden "serpent" gameboard, dated to c. 2400-2300 BCE), the earliest known caraway seed and an artificial eyeball have been found in the Burnt City.
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