Jul 5, 2014, 3:00 PM
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Burnt City security tightened

Tehran, July 5, IRNA - The global registration of Burnt City in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan has increased sensitivities regarding this ancient monument, said the head of provincial justice department.

Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Hamidi added, “Security guards monitor the area tightly. Also, profiteers and illegal diggers will face legal and judicial prosecution.”

On rumors spread by satellite TV channels about easily entering Burnt City and finding treasures there, the official said Burnt City is one of the most important regions of Sistan and Baluchestan province, which dates back to 5,000 years ago.

"Apart from its importance for UNESCO, it is important for the Islamic Republic of Iran as well," he said. "The Burnt City is considered a national and global heritage which is well preserved."

Hamidi further said some people may think that many treasures are hidden in the area, but the region boasts many spiritual treasures. "Therefore, we take more protective measures regarding this ancient monument."

Burnt City is an archeological site of a sizable Bronze Age urban settlement, associated with the Jiroft culture, according to Iran Daily Sunday edition.

The ancient city was one of the vital centers of Asian civilization and dates back to the 4th and 3rd millennium BCE. Covering an area of 151 hectares, it was one of the world’s largest cities where settlement appeared around 3200 BCE.

It comprises hillocks with a maximum elevation of 50 meters. The city experienced four stages of civilization and was burnt down thrice before being abandoned in 2100 BCE. The astonishing discoveries at the site have revealed a highly advanced society.