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Ancient Nehbandan to be Excavated


06 November 2004



Different sections of houses, passageways, and the barrier surrounding the Parti Castle of Nehbandan, in northeastern Iran are to be unearthed and studied in a series of geophysical operations, the director of the Khorasan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department announced on Friday.


According to Abolfazl Mokarramifar, archaeological excavations to identify several sections of the city and study the castle will be conducted later.


All that remains of the castle and the ancient city is a part of the barrier surrounding the castle, he added. Archaeologists believe that the site is ruins of the Parthian era city of Neh.


Located 200 kilometers from Birjand in Khorasan Province, the mud-brick castle with its circle-shaped plan was surrounded by a barrier. Its gate opened to a large vestibule inside the castle leading to several alleys and passageways.


Artifacts dating back to the Parthian era and Safavid era shards discovered at the site prove that the area was continuously occupied for centuries.


Experts believe that the castle may date back to the 2nd millennium B.C., but the exact date and details of its construction have not yet been determined.




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