New excavations may push history of Shiraz deeper in time

October 8, 2017 - 11:26

TEHRAN - Recent archeological studies and excavations in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz has led researchers to gain a fresh insight into the history of the city which may go down further in time.

“The latest discoveries might add much more to the history of Shiraz,” Mehr quoted head of the archaeological team as saying on Wednesday.

Some 1000 historical objects were unearthed at Tappeh Poustchi, on the outskirts of Shiraz, during the first season of excavations in May 2016 and the exposure prompted researchers to add some 3000 years to the history of the region, Hassanali Arab said.

Co-organized by Shiraz Art University and Iranian Center for Archeological Research, the second season commenced on August 23 with the aim of discovering older layers of civilization in the city, Arab added.

We haven’t excavated layers that are older than 6500 years yet as evidence support a hypothesis that history of civilization may stretch deeper in time in Shiraz plain, he explained.

A certain tourist destination, the city is home to some of the country’s most magnificent buildings and sights. Increasingly, it draws more and more foreign and domestic sightseers flocking into this provincial capital which was the literary capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1751 to 1794.

PHOTO: Archaeologists and researchers are seen at Tappeh Poustchi on the outskirts of Shiraz, southern Iran.

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