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historical documents has been the most thriving city of its time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
Before 1979, some excavations were carried out in the area
leading to discoveries of architecture remains and historical
items from the Parthian times.