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Studies to Verify Existence of Ancient Temple in Burnt City

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Archeologists are determined to resume their excavations in part of the Burnt City historical site where remains of a possible temple from the 2nd millennium BC have been found.

Building No. 1 in the historic site of Burnt City

Tehran, 12 November 2006 (CHN) -- Remains of an architectural construction believed to be of a 5000-year-old temple were unearthed during the previous stages of excavations in Burnt City historical site. Archeological activities are now resumed in building no. 1 of Burnt City prehistoric site to unveil the secrets behind the architectural evidence scattered in this area.

According to Mansour Sajadi, head of excavation team in Burnt City, what archeologists call "building no. one" is in fact remains of the biggest architectural construction discovered in the residential section of the Burnt City.

The architectural style of building no. one resembles a staircase. It is located on a hill in the historic site of Burnt City. Archeological evidence indicates that a giant temple dating back to the third millennium BC must have existed in the area.

Sajadi further said that the possibility of the existence of such temple in this area is very high and that archeologists are almost sure that their theory is valid. "However," he added "since in archeology we need several evidence to prove a claim, we will continue our excavations in this area."

Located in Sistan va Baluchistan province, southeastern Iran, Burnt City is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Iran. Archeological excavations on the site indicate that Burnt City connected Asia's eastern and westernmost points, functioning as one of the biggest trade and cultural cities of Iran about 5000 years ago.

Having discovered and documented 130 archeological sites, archeologists of the Cultural Heritage Center of Burnt City have broken a historic record. Yet, after 9 seasons of research in Burnt City, this 5000-year-old site still holds many secrets within. Burnt City was well civilized and developed during the second and third millennia BC.

The 10th season of excavations has started in different parts of this historical site. Following the end of this season of excavations, results of 10 years of excavations in the historical site of Burnt City will be published in a book in which major archeological findings in this historical site will be documented.

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