07 October 2001
Excavations Show Tabriz Dating from 2nd Millennium
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.
further said that before these archaeological
excavations, which were conducted in September,
experts believed that the city dated back to the
first millennium BCE.
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
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
historical Kaboud Mosque in Tabriz is famous as
the 'Turquoise of Islam' because of its special
architecture and tiling.