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Archaeological Excavations in Ancient Bistun Starts



Thursday, 10 May 2001


KERMANSHAH -- The managing director of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Kermanshah, addressing journalists in this western city, said the third phase of excavations in ancient and historical Bistun region by Iranian archaeologists has began.

Assadollah Biranvand said the excavations are to last for two months. He said the excavations are restricted to the "Khosrow Palace" -- the residence of the famous Sasanid king -- and part of the research is due to be concentrated on archaeological remains of the Ilkhanid period which is noted for its caravanserais.

"The objective behind this research and excavation is renovation, maintenance and revival of historical monuments which have destroyed in the course of history or because of changes in weather conditions," Biranvand said.

He said the Bistun region enjoys tremendous importance as during the Stone Age and up to the Achaemenid era it was part of the route from East to West traversed by caravans otherwise known as the "Gate of Asia". The Bistun historical monument is situated 30 kilometers east of the city of Kermanshah.



Source: Tehran Time


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