A group of German and Iranian archeologists plan to start the third season of excavation in the 6,000-year-old city of Erisman to learn more about metalwork in pre-historic times. Erisman is Iran's biggest ancient industrial complex, where archeologists have already unearthed the relics of furnaces as well as silver, copper and earthenware tools and vessels.
"In the latest season we and our German colleagues intend to look for remnants of blast furnaces, metal workshops and architectural structures," said Majid Ghazian, coordinating executive of the "Mining and Metalwork in Ancient Iran" project. "We believe Erisman had been an industrial hub, where ironsmiths, silversmiths and goldsmiths had a brisk business. The artifacts can clearly indicate an industrial management in ancient times in the area, making an industrial city a more deserving title for it."
Located near Natanz, in Isfahan province, Erisman has produced artifacts from the 4th millennium BC. One can find metal artifacts and scraps littered in an area of 40 hectares. Archeological surveys started in 2000, when German experts extended their assistance to the project manager. Right now over 10 Iranian and German archeologists and some zoological, botanical, geophysical and renovations experts are exploring the industrial city.
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