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Archaeologists Looking for Legendary Sasanid Town

 

27 August 2004

 

 

 

 

Iranian archaeologists plan to discover an ancient Sasanid town whose description is mentioned on an inscription found in a fire temple northeast of Iran.


Last year excavations have rendered some relics of industrial workshops dating back 15 centuries ago in Darbandian, 20 km away from Iran and Turkmenistan border. archaeologists have so far conducted 9 seasons of excavations there.


“During the latest excavation, experts have discovered 3 sites, one of which houses a famed fire temple. It is, indeed, one of the few Sasanid fire temples that have kept their religious and architectural elements as intact as possible,” said Mehdi Rahbar, head of the excavation team.


Inside the fire temple, there is an inscription engraved in a neat Pahlavi script which gives an account of a nearby town, he added. While on the two sites, archaeologists have unearthed a tower, possibly for ceremonial extinguishing of fire, and a foundry.


 

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