Tappeh-ye Seyalk (Sialk)

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

One of the oldest and richest archaeological sites in central Iran, the Tappeh-ye Seyalk has yielded a plethora of interesting pottery pieces, metal tools and domestic implements made from stone, clay and bone (they date from as early as the 4th millennium BC). More significant, perhaps, is the structure itself – what is emerging from the dust is clearly a ziggurat (stepped pyramidal temple), and some Iranians are claiming that it predates those of the Mesopotamians.

This is still a (seasonal) working dig and, while visitors are welcomed, there are few facilities. Most finds have been moved to museums, including the small museum at Bagh-e Fin, the National Museum of Iran in Tehran and the Louvre in Paris.

Seyalk is halfway between Kashan and Fin – that’s 4.5km from either – on the north side of the road.