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200,000 Dollars Slated for Burnt City Development

Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization has earmarked over $200,000 to organize construction projects in the ancient Burnt City (Shahre-Sokhteh), southeast of Iran, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported on Sunday.

It is a colossal increase compared with the meagerly amount of just $6,000 in the previous year. "The new fund would be expended to develop attractions for tourists and also install online communication equipment in the site," said Alireza Khosravi, head of the Burnt City.

Signs of civilization, first laid down in the Burnt City in 3200 B.C., remained intact up to 2100-2000 B.C. and during four successive periods in history. One of the prominent relics found in the Burnt City is a skull believed to be the first evidence of brain surgeries in prehistoric Persia.

The 5,000-years-old history of the Burnt City makes it one of the largest and most ancient sites in the Middle East. Various industrial and residential units, as well as cemeteries and monumental relics litter its 151 hectares of land.

Experts had earlier estimated a thorough identification and documentation of an astounding 4 billion artifacts in the Burnt City would require some 400 years, at least. Archeologists have already managed to document and profile 102 villages of the sprawling city, located south of Zabol in the eastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

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