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PostShahr-e Sukhteh: Ancient City in Iranian Desert (Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, USA, 02/28/21 3:56 am)
I thought that Eugenio Battaglia would be interested in this. It was sent to me and I have no idea about the publication--nor do I speak Italian! But given how old Iran is, it would not surprise me.
They have discovered an urban city in Iran in the Sistan and Baluchistan area. The archeologist teams were Iranian and Italian. The city is older than Pompeii and like Pompeii it is a sophisticated urban city. They call it the city that burned and Italy calls it the Pompeii of the Orient. Take a look:
JE comments: This is exciting. Shahr-e Sukhteh/Shahr-i Sokhta (from what I can sleuth out, it means Burnt City) was swallowed by the desert c. 2300 BCE, which allowed it to remain in "dry storage" over the centuries. Its remote location in extreme eastern Iran probably helped with its preservation. The analogies with Pompeii are striking. The site has been known since the early 20th century, and has been excavated since the 1960s.
If my Italian doesn't fail me, archeologists now surmise the city was abandoned due to abrupt climate change. A lesson for our times?