Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan Prov, Aug 19, IRNA-Head of Shahr-e Soukhteh International Research Center Ali-Reza Khosravi here Thursday announced that the center and Zabol Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department support the research projects of domestic and foreign researchers on the area.
He told IRNA that the research center has recently taken extensive measures to expand its scope of communication with domestic and foreign research centers.
"The institution mainly aims at encouraging the world research centers to conduct research on the cultural heritage of Sistan area, in articular Shahr-e Soukhteh, and introducing its ancient civilization to the world.
"Both domestic and foreign researchers are invited to present their research on Shahr-e Soukhteh and the surrounding hills as well as the anthropology, archaeology and botany of the area as well as the other related issues," added Khosravi.
Turning to the assessment, identification and documentation of the archaic hills and sites surrounding Shar-e Soukhteh launched by the research center a while ago, he said, "500-700 hills are being identified now."
Dating back to 5,000 years ago -- 3,200 BC -- with an area measuring 150 hectares, the city of Shahr-e Soukhteh is situated 55 kms from Zabol across Zabol-Zahedan route.
The ancient city is comprised of five residential areas to the east, memorial buildings, a central industrial section and a cemetery.
The city's cemetery alone measures 25 hectares and is supposed to contain about 40,000 tombs, according to experts.
Eight excavation seasons have already been recorded in the ancient city of Shahr-e Soukhteh, which have all been conducted by an rchaeological team headed by Iranian archaeologist, Seyed Mansour Seyed-Sajjadi.
Shahr-e Soukhteh is located 205 kms to the northeast of the provincial capital of Zahedan.
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