News ID: 302287
Published: 0911 GMT April 19, 2021

Tappeh Sialk, glory of ancient Kashan

Tappeh Sialk, glory of ancient Kashan
Front page of the IFH’s book, Tappeh Sialk: The Glory of Ancient Kashan

Tappeh Sialk on the outskirts of modern Kashan in the central province of Isfahan is arguably the most important ancient site in Iran before the rise of the Persian Empire in 550 B.C.E.

Excavations here in the 1930s by a French team and by Iranian teams from 2000 A.D. onwards have cast light on the history of Iran from 6000 B.C.E. onwards, spanning the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age periods. These results have been so significant that Tappeh (hill) Sialk has become a ‘type-site’ for Iranian archaeology and has provided a chronological framework against which other sites in Iran can be measured, wrote.

In addition, the spectacular finds from two cemeteries at Sialk now grace museums in Tehran and Paris as well as in other parts of the world. In view of the special importance of Tappeh Sialk, two international conferences were held at Asia House in London in 2017 and 2018 with the intention of reviewing what is known about the site and how it may best be protected and promoted in the future. A selection of papers delivered at the first two conferences is published as a book dubbed as Tappeh Sialk: The Glory of Ancient Kashan by the UK-based Iran Heritage Foundation. This was the first volume in a series of IHF special studies.

​​IHF has supported many publications over the years and recently launched its own in-house series, with the first book, Tappeh Sialk: The Glory of Ancient Kashan.

The foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with a mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran and the Persianate world, covering all periods of Iranian civilization from ancient to modern.



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