Iranian archeologists have found the remains of an ancient kiln in the country's southern Fars Province, which they say dates back to some 4,700 years ago.
“The third phase of archeological excavations at Mianroud Mound yielded part of the 1.30-meter-tall fireplace of the circular kiln,” IRIB quoted head of the archeology team Mousa Zare as saying.
“The kiln is about 90 centimeters thick and its upper section where the clay pots were put has been destroyed,” he added.
Accessories made of turquoise and seashells were also found at the site as well as bone and stone tools, clay figurines and Neolithic patterned earthenware.
“Three cultural and residential eras have been identified at Mianroud Mound, which make up a unique cultural sequence suggesting more than 1,000 years of human settlement in the region,” Zare explained.
“The oldest human settlement at the site dates back to the 6,000 BCE and the two others go back to 5,400 and 5,700 BCE,” he said.
The architectural structures found at the site include a number of rooms with no systematic geometrical forms.
“Earthenware from 5,400 years ago were found in the rooms along with animal bones and layers of ash,” said archeologist Ali-Reza Abolharar.
Mianroud Mound was first detected in 2005 and the third phase of archeological excavations at the site began on December 1, 2010 and will continue until February 4, 2011.
The mound is located in the city of Marvdasht, 45 kilometers north of the provincial capital of Shiraz.