VICTOR SARIANIDI FOUND THE FIFTH CENTER OF ANCIENT ORIENTAL CIVILIZATION
The Russian archeologist, Victor Ivanovich Sarianidi, has been conducting a research work on Central Asian ancient history for almost fifty years, and he was sometimes lucky to make a few findings. But a scientific sensation that he recently presented to the professional community has gone beyond all expectations. The expedition he heads in an area called Gonur-Tepe (Grey Hill) in Turkmenistan has found a sophisticated ensemble of palaces and temples dated 5 thousand years ago.
There are many signs that four ancient oriental civilizations - Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China - will be joined by the fifth one, the capital of Margush state. A king's palace surrounded by a monumental complex that includes the temples of fire and water occupies the area of 10 hectares.
Earlier there had been found sculptures and stone wedge writings remindful of a shumer one. The assumptions that this is a right place to dig for a legendary founder of the ancient religion Zaraustra, a son of local Druid, are getting more proves.
Victor Ivanovich Sarianidi has lived a life to make his finding in the hot Turkmen desert where he has been working for over 40 years. But a 23-year-old graduate of the Tashkent University could hardly imagine in his brightest dreams that he would sometime find a city where Zaraustra spoke for the first time...
Russian "Trud" newspaper, 23.10.03