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Sialk Hills
23-MAR-2010 Ali Majdfar

Sialk Hills


The “Sialk Hills” is a large ancient archeological site in suburb of the city of Kashan in central Iran which was built around the 8th century 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 dating back to 5500–6000 BC. A cemetery near the structures has also excavated by the Louvre team which is dated back as 7,500 years.
“Sialk Hills” is a mud-brick platform, possibly a support for some kind of building standing at top of the platform but not necessarily a temple. Some have speculated it is a ziggurat, but the evidences do not point to that kind of structure. At the Sialk site, there are actually two structures (necropolises) situated several hundred meters apart from each other.
Sialk is thought to have first 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.
Sialk was excavated for three seasons (1933, 1934, and 1937) by a team headed by Roman Ghirshman. Excavation was resumed for several seasons beginning in 2002 by a team from the University of Pennsylvania and Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization.
Artifacts from the original dig ended up mostly at the Louvre, while some can be found at the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Museum of Iran and also in the hands of private collectors.
The site remains in the list of UNESCO to be registered as a World Heritage Site.
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blizzard28-Aug-2012 00:12
filled with drama viewer impact big vote
Shimon Levkovich15-Feb-2012 08:24
Superb scene image Ali. Voted
Ruth Corke14-Dec-2010 21:07
Fabulous sky. Your commentary is very much appreciated and very interesting. Thanks Ali. gmv
eye2see14-Dec-2010 03:50
Thanks for sharing the background! ~V
Meagan Christie14-Dec-2010 03:38
I like this image the perspective you chose allows me to see the site and the surroundings. Great comp ~V~
Martin Lamoon13-Dec-2010 12:39
Stunning capture of the sky and the Sialk Hills. V
Liz Bickel13-Dec-2010 04:50
A very dramatic capture with that sky. You story about the Sialk Hills then brings history to life.
Carl Carbone13-Dec-2010 01:14
Interesting story and nice capture! V
joseantonio12-Dec-2010 10:28
Amazing place. Well done
Hans Koot12-Dec-2010 09:37
Such old grounds, iy always makes me feel humble. good shot here!
Wenche Aune12-Dec-2010 09:08
Beautiuful! V
Jeff Real11-Dec-2010 21:06
Foreground and sky are both fascinating ~V~
Patricia Kay11-Dec-2010 20:58
Fabulous shot with great info Ali...BV
vatorman11-Dec-2010 20:38
Wonderful PoV with great history too! V
cambraniz11-Dec-2010 18:52
Impressive picture, well documented. V
Stephanie11-Dec-2010 13:03
Fabulous and so interesting! V
Steve Morris11-Dec-2010 12:05
Dramatic photo and superb information Ali - Iran is such a vast source of cultural treasures!!BV
Yvonne11-Dec-2010 10:21
A great idea to build the walkway over these ancient landmarks! v
Zoltán Balogh11-Dec-2010 08:13
How wonderful it is Ali...! V
Raymond Ma11-Dec-2010 06:14
Great shot and the info is invaluable Ali. Thanks. V
Paco López11-Dec-2010 05:35
Excellent image! V!
Bryan Murahashi11-Dec-2010 05:09
Great shot of this ancient location and nicely described. v
Norman Richard11-Dec-2010 04:31
Great history lesson here. Bravo Vµ
eye2see11-Dec-2010 04:20
I look forward to see more of this magnificent place! Bravo ~V
an nguyen11-Dec-2010 04:19
Interesting place.
Vince11-Dec-2010 03:31
Excellent shot. Love the perspective and depth. Vote.
larose forest photos11-Dec-2010 03:29
A superb photo, with a very good perspective. The great sweeping sky adds drama to this image. V
Marcia Colelli11-Dec-2010 02:03
Wonderful image, nicely captured V
Gill Kopy11-Dec-2010 01:01
Great shot of this very interesting photo - your historical background brings so much to the shot V
bill friedlander11-Dec-2010 00:54
Great capture of this archeological site. Thanks for the informative background information. V
Simon Chandler10-Dec-2010 22:43
Fantastic image. Great foreground and background interest. v
Colin Storey10-Dec-2010 21:11
Wonderful image with a grat sky, great detailed words about it also. v
François Fauchard10-Dec-2010 20:53
Nice view. The sky is interesting ! V
Hank Vander Velde10-Dec-2010 20:33
Terrific image accompanied by some good and interesting info Ali.
Giancarlo Guzzardi10-Dec-2010 19:36
impressive sky
Betty Vlasiu10-Dec-2010 19:23
Very nice shot , lovely colours and composition.
Nestor10-Dec-2010 18:57
Magnificent image Ali and the infornation is excellent.
A well seen scene.
Blandine Mangin10-Dec-2010 18:30
very beautiful mood ! v
Peter Stahl10-Dec-2010 18:13
Great info and well captured! :-)
Tom Munson10-Dec-2010 17:43
Fantastic image!
peterjay4510-Dec-2010 16:48
Great shot!! What a wonderful sky.
G.Pietro Munaretto10-Dec-2010 16:32
Beautiful light!
Silvia Roitman10-Dec-2010 16:12
norbi10-Dec-2010 15:57
Dramatic sky over an interesting landscape. v. norbi
Monique Trempe10-Dec-2010 14:48
Très beau site et la photo est belle.
Gérard Koehl10-Dec-2010 14:33
Magnifique avec ce ciel chargé. V
silvia marmori10-Dec-2010 14:13
impressive view..
Jim Coffman10-Dec-2010 14:04
Nicely captured!V
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