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Tepe Sialk


Tepe Sialk064 Tepe Sialk (2).JPGTepe SialkTepe Sialk is located in Iran Tepe SialkShown within IranLocationIsfahan Province, IranCoordinates33°58′08″N 51°24′17″ECoordinates: 33°58′08″N 51°24′17″ETypeSettlementSite notesConditionIn ruinsTepe Sialk (Persian: تپه سیلک‎‎) is a large ancient archeological site (a tepe or Turkish tappeh, "hill" or "mound") in a suburb of the city of Kashan, Isfahan Province, in central Iran, close to Fin Garden. The culture that inhabited this area has been linked to the Zayandeh River Culture.[1]Contents [hide]1History2Archaeology3Images4See also5Notes6References7External linksHistory[edit]CAD rendering of Sialk ziggurat based on archeological evidenceThe Sialk ziggurat was built around the 3000 BC. A joint study between Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization, the Louvre, and the Institut Francais de Recherche en Iran also verifies the oldest settlements in Sialk to date back to 5500–6000 BC.Sialk, and the entire area around it, is thought to have originated as a result of the pristine large water sources nearby that still run today. The Cheshmeh ye Soleiman ("Solomon's Spring") has been bringing water to this area from nearby mountains for thousands of years. The Fin garden, built in its present form in the 17th century, is a popular tourist attraction. It is here that the kings of the Safavid dynasty would spend their vacations away from their capital cities. It is also here that Piruz Nahavandi (Abu-Lu'lu'ah), the Persian assassin of Caliph Umar, is buried. All these remains are located in the same location where Sialk is.Archaeology[edit]Tepe Sialk was excavated for three seasons (1933, 1934, and 1937) by a team headed by Roman Ghirshman.[2][3] Studies related to the site were conducted by D.E. McCown, Y. Majidzadeh, and P. Amieh.[4][5] Excavation was resumed for several seasons between 1999 and 2004 by a team from the University of Pennsylvania and Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization led by Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi called the Sialk Reconsideration Project.[6][7][8][9]Artifacts from the original dig ended up mostly at the Louvre, while some can be found at the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the National Museum of Iran and in the hands of private collectors.These artifacts consisted of some very fine painted potteries.[10]Images[edit]The 5,500-year-old skeletons and other unearthed artifacts here are preserved and off-limits to visitors.Details of the wall of the second platform of the first tepe.A view of the south façade of what remains from the first (of two) tepe.Pottery Vessel, fourth millennium BC. The Sialk collection of Tehran's National Museum of Iran.Ghirshman's team in Sialk in 1934; seated from R to L: Roman Ghirshman, Tania Ghirshman, and Dr. Contenau.Pottery from Sialk.See also[edit]Ancient Near East portalAncient Iranian historyCities of the Ancient Near EastElamite EmpireIranian ArchitectureKashanGerdkooh ancient hillList of Iranian castlesNotes[edit]Jump up ^ Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran (CHN) report: "Zayandeh Rood Civilization Linked to Marvdasht and Sialk". Accessed January 30, 2007. Link: Chnpress.comJump up ^ Roman Ghirshman, Fouilles de Sialk près de Kashan, 1933, 1934, 1937, vol. 1, Paul Geuthner, 1938Jump up ^ Ghirshman, Fouilles de Sialk, vol. 2, Paul Geuthner, 1939Jump up ^ D. E. McCown, The Comparative Stratigraphy of Early Iran, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization no. 23, Oriental Institute of Chicago, 1942Jump up ^ Yousef Majidzadeh, Correction of the Internal Chronology for the Sialk III Period on the Basis of the Pottery Sequence at Tepe Ghabristan, Iran, vol. 16, pp. 93-101, 1978Jump up ^ S.M. Shahmirzadi, The Ziggurat of Sialk, Sialk Reconsideration Project Report No. 1, Archaeological Research Center. Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization, 2002, (Persian)Jump up ^ S.M. Shahmirzadi, The Silversmiths of Sialk, Sialk Reconsideration Project Report No. 2, Archaeological Research Center. Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization, 2003, (Persian)Jump up ^ S.M. Shahmirzadi, The Potters of Sialk, Sialk Reconsideration Project Report No. 3, Archaeological Research Center. Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization, 2004, (Persian)Jump up ^ S.M. Shahmirzadi, The Smelters of Sialk, Sialk Reconsideration Project Report No. 4, Archaeological Research Center. Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization, 2005, (Persian)Jump up ^ Langer, William L., ed. (1972). An Encyclopedia of World History (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 17. ISBN 0-395-13592-3.References[edit]Les recherches archéologiques françaises en Iran. November 2001, Téhéran. Institut Français de Recherche en Iran, Musée du Louvre, ICHO.Yousef Majidzadeh, Sialk III and the Pottery Sequence at Tepe Ghabristan: The Coherence of the Cultures of the Central Iranian Plateau, Iran, vol. 19, 1981External links[edit]Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tepe News item on SialkArchnet.orgKashan MunicipalityKashan


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