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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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  • An interesting 8000-year-old tomb buried in sand offering views of excavated materials and skeletons with a long history, a nice curator who is fluent in French and was part of the dig.  more »
  • This is a relatively rarely visited site, consisting of two burial mounds and burials settlements. Part of first Hill, unearthed graves on its flanks is accessible – a small museum exhibits ceramics. The age of the equipment is amazing.
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  • One doesn't often have that chance to explore the remnants of a 6,000 year old civilization, so it's easy to forgive a certain lack of infrastructure at the Sialk Hills' meager facilities. The stark s...  more »