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New Excavations Show Tabriz Dating from 2nd Millennium BCE


Sunday, 07 October 2001

New Excavations Show Tabriz Dating from 2nd Millennium BCE
TEHRAN -- According to a cultural expert with the provincial Cultural Heritage Office in East Azarbaijan Province, Saed Hodaei, the recent archaeological excavations around the Kaboud Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Tabriz indicate that the city is 1,000 years older than what experts so far believed.

Hodaei further said that before these archaeological excavations, which were conducted in September, experts believed that the city dated back to the first millennium BCE.


He referred to the historical significance of the excavations, which were carried out in the vicinity of a graveyard, where a number of valuable artifacts were unearthed during the recent years.


Over 1,000 historical sites have so far been identified in East Azarbaijan Province. Hodaei further said that there are some plans to study the archeology of historical sites of Jolfa, Harris and Bostanabad.


The historical Kaboud Mosque in Tabriz is famous as the 'Turquoise of Islam' because of its special architecture and tiling.

Source: Tehran Times




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