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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. 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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  • Here was once believed to be the oldest permanent settlement in the world. Many found objects are in the Louvre or in the National Museum in Tehran. The few remains, tombs, pyramid, are worth on condition that archaeology interests you
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  • The area itself doesn't take long to see, but is certainly worth a visit if you are in Kashan. We visited it at sunrise. There is a nice view from the top of the site.
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  • You'd have to be an archaeological enthusiast to get much out of this site. It takes a lot of imagination to see what was once there. The day we visited was very hot and windy and it's very glary. I c...  more »