A recent sandstorm in Iran unearthed a series of structures that are believed to be part of an ancient city or necropolis. Initial analyses suggest it dates back to the early Islamic Middle Ages (661-1508 AD), but it could also be much older or even more recent. Iranian authorities are taking no chances as armed military guards are keeping the site safe from looters.
“A team of archaeologists has been dispatched to Fahraj in order to determine whether the site used to be a necropolis or an inhabitancy,” said Mohammad Vafaei of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, according to the Tehran Times.
The CHHTO archaeologists will examine site’s artifacts and survey the ruins of the structure to get a better idea of the age of the complex. It measures approximately 5,000 rectangular meters (53,820 square feet).
Archaeologists are analyzing a possible historic site in an arid place of Iran that become uncovered with the aid of sandstorms in March. The team is doing surveys, excavating structures and inspecting earthenware vessels. (MEHR News Company photograph by Laleh Khajooei)
After a preliminary examination members of the team have refused to speculate approximately how antique the site may be, says the monetary tribune of Iran.
The sandstorm struck in March, exposing ancient ruins and broken earthenware and adobe, in keeping with the governor of Fahraj in Kerman province, Nejad Khaleqi.
Mr. Vafaei demurred, saying, “One cannot claim that an area is historical as soon as several objects appear from under the ground after storms and floods, since they might have been carried from other regions by water or storm.”
Tentative conclusions are being drawn, but, as Hamid Rouhi, the deputy leader of the provincial CHHTO anticipated that the site dates from the Islamic Middle Ages (661 to 1508 AD).
“It is the first time that such ruins have emerged so there is no precise data on their age and history,” Mr. Rouhi informed the Financial Tribune. He said officers will release more information as soon as it is available.
The site does not appear to be rich in artefacts, however to this point researchers have located earthenware and damaged adobe alongside some structures. (MEHR news photo by Laleh Khajooei)
The CHHTO asked for more help from the Institute of Cultural History and Tourism. They would like the site to be introduced and added to the National Heritage List after research verify its age, the Financial Times says.
“It would not be unprecedented to find old sites in the Kerman area, as both Fahraj and Rigan have multiple ancient sites. New ones that were discovered with floods in the past few months are being excavated in Rigan and Negin Kavir….”
Source: Ancient Origins