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Evidence of Aristocratic Life in Ancient Shadyakh


News Category: Sasanian Dynasty

 10 December 2003



An important architectural complex over eight hundred years old, indicating aristocratic life in the historical site, has been discovered during the fourth excavation season in the Shadyakh near Nishabur in the northeastern province of Khorasan.

Shadyakh was an old garden near Nishabur where rulers of the city resided for centuries. Today just some debris remains from it, hosting birds, cultural heritage excavators, and looters.

Head of the excavation team Rajab Ali Labbaf Khaniki declared the find noteworthy, adding that the identity of the structures is not yet completely known but the decorations and the discovered items are signs of aristocratic life there.

The findings of the three previous excavation seasons have also shown signs of great scientific, technical, and industrial activities of Nishabur in the first centuries of the Islamic times up to the invasion of the Mongols.

The previous seasons also led to the discovery of some human skeletons in Shadiakh, whose situation shows that some unexpected event, according to Archaeologists perhaps an earthquake, has been the cause of their death.

Based on historical documents, the worst destruction of Nishabur happened eight centuries ago by the Mongols; afterwards the survivors chose Shadyakh as their residence, until it was again ruined by a number of earthquakes and Mongol invasions.




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