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Tepe Sialk, Kashan

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Tepe Sialk is a large ancient archeological site 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.HistoryThe 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.ArchaeologyTepe Sialk was excavated for three seasons by a team headed by Roman Ghirshman and his wife Tania Ghirshman. Studies related to the site were conducted by D.E. McCown, Y. Majidzadeh, and P. Amieh. 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.
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  • I was there and took the trip there worthwhile, one finds the first human civilization there 8,000 years ago, the skeletons of people can be seen there in the glass box 5500 years ago, otherwise you can read about the history and the Fund on big boards, unfortunately only in Persian! Otherwise can you beautiful views of Kashan enjoy, the visit lasted about 30 minutes, recommended to visit.
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  • This truly ancient ziggurat structure is still being excavated. A few information signs provide insight into discoveries made here and a one-room museums displays some of the uncovered relics. One can...  more »
  • Amazing! Tepe Sialk and all hills here and the cemetery belongs to 10 thousands years ago! really unbelievable, lots of historical stuffs are here and they are in dangers, the protection is below aver...  more »