archaeologists have managed to unearth part of an ancient
mud-brick bridge in Shushtar, south of Iran.
They speculate the bridge is gradually buried over the ages and
now they plan to completely disinter it for preservation
purposes, possibly turning it into a tourist attraction, said
Mohammad Hussein Arastozadeh, head of Shushtar Waterfalls
Apart from the bridge, there are some relics of windmills left
from the Sasanid era, allowing the area to become a tourism hub.
Arastozadeh added the excavation will go on for another month.
In ancient times was Shushtar famous for its dams and irrigation
systems. Three of the dams date back to Sasanid times (3rd to
7th century CE), of which the largest was 550 meters long. The
dam system fell apart through the 19th century. But even today,
several waterwheels help run flour mills and produce
It was at Shushtar that Shapour I, after his great victory (A.D.
260) over Valerian at Édhessa, set his captives to work
building vast hydraulic works, including a large dam across the
Karun River. Later, under the Mongols (13th–14th cent.),
Shushtar was a beautiful and prosperous town. It was captured by
Timurlane in 1393 and by Shah Ismail in 1508. After the 18th
century, it declined in importance. A serious outbreak of plague
occurred there in 1876.