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Mysteries of the most Important Capital of Parthian Dynasty to be Revealed


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Parthian Dynasty

 29 April 2004



To reveal the mysteries of the Parthian dynasty, Sad-Darvazeh, located in the central province of Semnan and considered the most important capital of the dynasty, will be excavated by Iranian and foreign experts.

Dr. Stronach, a German archeologist who was excavating the area for some seasons before the Islamic Revolution, is supposed to travel to Iran to continue the job left unfinished, declared deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization for research, Jalil Golshan.

Findings from the Parthian times have so far been rare in the country and therefore many corners of life then are unknown to historians and archaeologists, making the upcoming studies of notable value, explained Golshan.

The joint team of Iranian and foreign experts who are to work on the site are of different expertise of architecture, surveying, archaeology, etc.

Sad darvazeh (the city of one hundred gates), or Hektampolis, is the most important capital of the Parthian dynasty and based on historical documents has been the most thriving city of its time considering business, economics, politics and governmental matters.

Before 1979, some excavations were carried out in the area leading to discoveries of architecture remains and historical items from the Parthian times.



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