A newly discovered ancient city, according to initial reports, occupies approximately 5,000 square meters. Based on early analysis—that the ancient site dates back at least to the Islamic Middle Ages (661-1508 AD), but some experts argue that it could even date back much earlier. So far, experts have recovered clay pots and structures in ruins. Numerous ‘lost’ ancient sites have recently been discovered in this region.
Based on preliminary studies, experts from CHTHO (Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization) have concluded that the site could very well be a remnant of a historical town.
struck In March of 2017, the sandstorm revealed the ruins of broken clay pots and adobe.
“A team of archaeologists has been dispatched to Fahraj in order to determine whether the site was used to be a necropolis or an inhabitance,” CHTN quoted Mohammad Vafaei, the director of the CHTHO provincial department.
Archaeologists from the organization will examine the objects that were found in the site and inspect the discovered ruins in order to get a better idea of the true antiquity of the complex, which occupies approximately 5,000 square meters.
The large and prosperous province of Kerman, home to the city of Fahraj, the region where the ancient ruins have been exposed has been a cultural melting pot over time, as the Tehran Times noted. It is home to rich tourist sites and historical sites, including bazaars, mosques, and caravanserai.
“One cannot claim that an area is historical as soon as several objects appear from under the ground after storms and floods, since they might have been carried from other regions by water or storm,” says Mohammad Vafaei, the head of the provincial office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.
“It is the first time that such ruins have emerged so there is no precise data on their age and history.”
Hoping that the area can be inscribed on the National Heritage List, the ICHHTO office has requested the aid of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism once sufficient information is gleaned from the studies to merit its inscription.
This ancient site isn’t the first one to be found in the region. Fahraj and Rigan in Kerman are home of many numerous ancient sites. Several sites were discovered recently due to floods and are currently being analyzed by experts.