Shahr-e Sukhteh is a precious legacy of the Sistan and Baluchestan province glorious past. Today according to the discovered evidences, we can shed a light on Iran’s enigmatic history . The ancient city is 56 Km from Zabol, locating on the Zabol to Zahedan road. The burnt city is as old as Jiroft Bronze civilization, something about 5000 years ago. Shahr-e sukhteh was built on the bank of Hirmand river and lake Hamun. As a result, fishing was the main way of income in the region.
The city had 5 main districts including: residential in northeast, central, industrial, memorial as well as cemetery. what you frequently see in photos, is only a piece but the most prominent part of the city. A guided tour can help you take in the history better.
Like other ancient civilizations that water played a crucial role in their creation, Hamun lake had a noticeable and significant share in the formation of such a shimmering civilization.
Other facts of Shahr-e Sukhteh
It is unique in terms of more than just its age. Shahr-e sukhteh used to be one of the most civilized and developed cities worldwide. Forging, Jewelry, Masonry, pottery, fishing and production of textile were common occupations. Founding 12 different kinds of same and multi color clothes and wastewater system bear a testimony to the city’s development. To understand the developed art of the era, you can have a look to the discovered potteries with the animations on them. Astonishingly, finding an artificial eye illustrates the age of medical and surgical science in Iran.
Where to stay?
You need a full day long to visit the whole Shahr-e sukhteh. You can get there from Zabol. Then take a private car to the site. While Zabol has hotels, you can also get back to Zahedan.