Shahr-e Sukhteh

Shahr-e Sukhteh  (Burnt City)

This place is located 50 km from Zabul city. It is one of the largest urban settlements with more than 5,000 years old and occupies an area of ​​about 150 hectares, located on a hill 12-18 meters high. Excavations in this area have uncovered many ancient objects, such as: ceramics, old metal, wood, stone objects that show the antiquity of the civilization of this area.

Archaeologists divided the city into four parts:

Central area with an area of ​​20 hectares whose objects date back to 2700 years before Christ.

The East Zone, of 18 hectares and with an area of ​​16 hectares, corresponds to the second level of occupation of this city.

The northwest area, where metal and stone objects have been found that indicate industrialization.

The last zone includes a 25-hectare cemetery.

The burned city has unique characteristics that distinguish it from other historical monuments in Iran. This city, despite its advance, lacked a temple or shrine, a wall, a fence, a moat, and even a defense system. The houses were made of clay and lime and were equipped. Archaeologists estimate that this city was inhabited for 1500 years.


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