-- The deputy of the Cultural Heritage
Department of Khorasan Province said on Wednesday
that an ancient citadel named, Arg-e Shah Neshin-e
Kohan Dedz' was unearthed in Tabaran near Tus.
Rajabali Labbaf-Khaniki added
that the stairs of the citadel are stony, short
and very wide, in a way that even the horsemen
could enter the place with their horses. The style
of construction of the stairs is the same as that
of Persepolis near Shiraz.
Regarding the aim behind the
monumental excavations at the Tabaran
archaeological site, he said, "In the first
phase, we intended to repair the citadel, through
recognizing the quality and the identity of the
"Secondly, we were to study
the monument archaeologically to find out its
inner architectural spaces and therefore, study
the history of architecture in Khorasan
Province," he added.
Khaniki said that the
discoveries are culturally, economically and
artistically important. "Many silver, bronze
and copper coins as well as antique pottery were
discovered during the excavations," he said.