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Iran, Germany Expolre Ancient Industrial City

In a bid to recognize varied residential and cultural strata, Iranian and German archeologists have started their 5th season of excavations in the ancient industrial city of Erisman, in central Iran, which used to house several metal workshops, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency repoted.

Erisman is considered the largest industrial city of the ancient Persia and experts have already discovered remains of furnaces, architectural structures and potteries.

"The latest season would last for a month during which archeologists would dig two spots in search of artifacts that indicate the residential-industrial function of the city," said Hamid Fahimi, head of the Iranian team.

Archeologists have so far failed to unearth a complete furnace and finding one stands top on their agenda. Erisman is located in Isfahan province, just 10 km away from Natanz. It is spread over a 40 hectare patch of land.

Experts 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.

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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