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Archeologists Discovered a Sasanian Fortress in Esfahan


News Category: Sasanian Dynasty

 27 October 2004



An underground fortress dating back to the Sasanian dynasty (6th century AD) has been discovered in the south of Isfahan province. The fortress, a three-storied structure, was located at a depth of 10 meters under a mound.

Archeologist Hassan Sadri told IRNA that the fortress which has seven corridors, three chambers and two rooms was built in unique surroundings in an area of 150 square meters and was used for military purpose.

All the three stories were interconnected and the main gate for the underground site has staircase, he added.

Studies of the area indicated that the underground site was built under a large bastion which was destroyed and no trace of the larger structure remained. Potteries unearthed around the fortress led the archeologists to conclude that the edifice belonged to the Sasanian era.

Sadri said that the underground fortress has a capacity for 50 soldiers.

The fortress was discovered three months ago, but the news was not made public for security reasons and to prevent unauthorized excavations.

Rahmatollah Raouf, an official in charge of guarding cultural heritage sites said that the area is under constant surveillance of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (IRIP).

He said that in another excavation, an underground town has been unearthed in the vicinity of Noush-Abad, Kashan. It covered an area of several thousand square meters.


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