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Archaeological Discoveries in Ancient Zahak Castle



Thursday, 25 September 2001




TEHRAN -- The Deputy Head of East Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage Department, Saed Hodaei, said on Monday that during the excavation operations at the ancient Zahâk Castle in Hashtroud in September signs of ancient Iranian architecture were discovered.

He said that the signs indicate that the castle dates back to first Millenium BCE, and expressed hope that with more excavations other architectural works would be unearthed.


He added that the findings are effective in tourist attraction. The castle, which has been built in the pre-Islamic era, was innovated by East Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage Department.


Hodaei remarked that the castle has been registered as a national monument and is located at one of the high peaks of Khorâsânak in Hashtroud city.


The castle in 344 hectares of land had been used as a military base from the pre-Islamic era to Islamic era.


Archaeologists of Zahak Castle said that the castle, dating back to Median Era, was later used during the Parthian and Sasanian dynasties as well as during the Islamic era.


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