SHAHR-E SUKHTEH (Burnt City) Mesmerized by the History
Since 1967 archeologists are excavating the Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City) to learn about this mysterious and high-technology city from the far past. The ruins of this prehistoric city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2014.
Several times the earth has swallowed history and it spilled it out after thousands of years to mesmerize us over and over again.
All of the historical amusements are so interesting and valuable that millions of people travel around the world to see them and feel their atmosphere. Iran is among the richest countries in having such extraordinary sites and every year thousands of tourists choose to have a tour in Iran to see the history alive.
5000 years ago there was a city in the southeast of Iran that after being burnt down three times finally it got abandoned in 1800 BC. The city experienced four stages of civilization and it sits on the banks of the Helmand River along the Zahedan-Zabol road in the southeast province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
Human remains found in the city’s cemetery show people were buried in different positions, which scientists believe is evidence of coexisting different cultures at Burnt City. A human skull with signs of brain surgery was found that can prove brain surgery originated in Persia instead of Egypt. The oldest known backgammon and dice made of turquoise and agate were found during excavations.
If Shahr-e Sukhteh is not on your list for your tour in Iran, we highly recommend you see the world’s first animation found in this city that is on exhibit in the National Museum of Iran in Tehran.
And the most interesting finding of the Burnt City is the world’s first artificial eyeball which was found in a woman’s eye in 2006. The eyeball is made of very light material and the surface is covered by a thin layer of gold engraved with a central circle and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The woman is 1.82m tall (6 feet) and has exotic futures. Scientists believe she is from Arabian Peninsula and came to Persia with a caravan.
According to the excavations anthropologists have realized that the residents of Shahr-e Sukhteh were very civilized since they have not found any kind of weapon in the city.
Shahr-e Sukhteh is still wrapped in mystery and is under further study, but you can visit the remaining on your tour in Iran.