Ancient mounds discovered in southeastern Iran

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Archaeologists from Germany’s Tubingen University and the Iranian Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Tourism discovered 42 ancient mounds near the city of Faryab, in southern province of Kerman.

Ancient mounds discovered in southeastern Iran
Iranian and German archaeologists excavate an ancient site near the Iranian
 city of Faryab in Kerman Province [Credit: IRNA]

“The mounds, which are spread over an area of 8,000 kilometers, date back to the period between pre-Neolithic and Islamic eras,” said the head of the Iranian archaeology team Nader Alidad-Soleimani, Tehran-based English newspaper, Iran Daily, reported.

The mounds were discovered during the first phase of archaeological excavations in the area.

The project was conducted over the past three months with the aim of studying cultural exchanges between Mesopotamia and the southeastern areas of ancient Persia during the Bronze Age.

Archaeologists used drones to take aerial photos, three dimensional pictures and topographic maps of the excavation site.

The next phase of archaeological excavations in the area will begin in March 2016.

Germany’s Tubingen University and the Iranian Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Tourism signed a memorandum of understanding in January 2015 to strengthen cooperation on archaeology and research.

The two sides also agreed to cooperate in the preservation and restoration of archaeological sites, holding joint workshops and exhibitions for the next five years.

Kerman province has a great archaeological significance. It is home to Jiroft archaeological site, which once housed one of the most important civilizations in the region.

Excavations have shown that the Jiroft civilization interacted with societies in Mesopotamia, the Indus valley and Central Asia in early Bronze Age.

Archaeological finds show that different civilizations lived in the area during various periods in history.

Experts say the archaeological remains from these civilizations may be traced up to 11 meters under the ground.

Source: IRNA [June 01, 2015]

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