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Iraq discovers 1,400 -year old Iranian palace in Babel province

 

News Category: Sasanian Dynasty

13 March 2000 

 


Iraqi archaeologists have discovered a 1,400-year-old palace in ancient Iranian province of Khvârvarân (today southern Iraq), dating back to the pre-Islamic era.

They came across the palace during an excavation in Babel province on the site of what was the city of Babylon about 100 kilometers from the capital Baghdad.

The head of the excavation team, Abdul-Hameed Aggar, said the palace contains many artefacts including statues, coins, pottery, illustrations and glass objects. He said the builders had been technically innovative when building the palace, noting that bricks gilded with engraved gypsum had been used.  Aggar said other houses and palaces discovered during the excavation were constructed in Parthians and Sasanids style. The two were Persian dynasties that reigned between the third century BC and the seventh century AD.

Last December, Iraq said that its archaeologists had found 375 ancient items dating back about 5,000 years in Bassanmawa, 170 kilometers south of Baghdad.

 

 

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