the twelfth season of excavations completed in the
historical fortress of Zivieh in Saghez area, in the
western province of Kurdistan, the entrance door and
stairway of the monument were unearthed.
During the previous seasons, experts had discovered parts
of the main hallway of the fortress, and in the last one,
by connecting them they found out the map of the entrance.
The map of the two storeys of the building, rooms with
wooden ceilings, the yard, the eastern entrance with stone
stairways, the guarding stand, pillars, hallways and halls
were parts of the discoveries of the eleven previous
The architecture style, the items, and metal pieces found
in the area are indications of its existence at the time
of the Mana people, who resided in Azarbaijan and
Kurdistan in the first half of the millennium B.C.
Still, so many mysteries overshadow the old castle, which
necessitate further excavations and studies.
The historical Zivieh Fortress is located 45 kilometres southeast of
Saghez, on a hill 800 meters long and 140