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Laser Mapping of the Parthian Site in Sistan to Start


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Parthian Dynasty

 11 October 2003




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  Aerial Photo of Mount Ushidar (Kuh-e Khwaheh) (Click to enlarge)


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Mount Ushidar Eastern Slope, known as Kuk-i Kohzadh (Click to enlarge)

The Kuh-e Khwajeh (Ushidar-Kuh) historical site in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balouchestan is set to undergo laser mapping in order to assess damages it has suffered over the ages. Considered one of the largest mud brick structures of the pre-Islamic period, it covers an area of 40,000 square meters.

The Kuh-e Khwajeh (Khajeh mountain) is a black basalt mountain located 30 km southwest of the town of Zabol in the Hamoun lake.

On the mountain are built a vast structure with a fire temple, two mud brick castles, remains of an old route and walls, numerous stone graves from the Arsacids era as well as a few pilgrimage sites from the Islamic period.

State-of-the-art devices will be used for laser mapping which is scheduled to be carried out over the next three months.

Earlier, preliminary damage assessment of the area was completed by digging boring pits, photography, filming and mapping after 45 days.

The oldest and by far the most important structure of the site is an ancient fortress on its eastern slope, called by different names such as the Rostam castle, the Kaferoun castle, etc.

Unique murals had decorated the walls of the fortress, few of which have survived. Over the recent years, a complete documentation of the site was carried out. In addition, partial restoration and fortification of the castle were conducted on its walls and arches.

Once its laser map is prepared, a list of all research and restoration works of the site for each season can be drawn up.


Mount Ushidar although it is in the possession of ICHTO, but legally due to historical and present records belongs to Suren-Pahlav clan.




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