Tepe Sialk

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Tepe Sialk () is a large ancient archeological site (a tepe or Persian tappeh, "hill" or "mound") 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 Rud Civilization.CHN report: "Zayandeh Rood Civilization Linked to Marvdasht and Sialk". Accessed January 30, 2007. Link:


The Sialk mound 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 to date back to 5500–6000 BC.

Tepe Sialk is a mud-brick platform, possibly a support for some kind of building standing atop the platform but not necessarily a temple. Some have speculated it is a ziggurat, but the evidence does not point to that kind of structure. At the site, there are actually two structures (necropolises) at Sialk situated several hundred feet from each other. The Louvre has also excavated a cemetery near the structures that has been dated as far back as 7,500 years.CHN report: "Sialk 6000-year-old Secrets to be Revealed". Accessed January 30, 2007. Link: What little is left of the two crumbling platforms is now threatened by the encroaching suburbs of the expanding city of Kashan. It is not uncommon to see kids playing soccer amid the ruins, while only...
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