27 July 1999
TEHRAN -- The 10th phase of excavations started on Hegmataneh Hill on Sunday in
a bid to unearth the main capital of Maad Dynasty. Hegmataneh Hill is one of the
most important ancient hills, which is located in Hamedan Province. The head of
the team of archaeologists excavating the hill, Mohammad Rahim Sarraf, said that
during the past 16 years of excavations on Hegmataneh Hill, the archaeologists
managed to unearth one of the oldest ancient cities on this hill.
He noted that the findings on the Hegmataneh Hill indicate that the city
possessed a unique architectural design. Sarraf noted that the existence of
fortifications in this city show that it was of prior strategic importance in
the ancient times. He added that the city had several streets and lanes that
were 3.5 meters wide. He further said that a large number of statues, pottery
works, glass vessels and coins which date back to the period from Soloukid era
to Islamic era were unearthed during the excavations on the hill.
According to the Public Relations Department of Cultural Heritage Organization,
during the 10th phase of the excavations, the archaeologists will try to find
the necessary documents to prove that the ancient city dates back to the time of
Diako, a King of Maad Dynasty. The team will also prepare the map of the ancient
city on Hegmataneh Hill, repair the fences of the city, prepare a catalogue of
the results of the excavations and prepare a complete map of the hill.