archeologists hope a newly-discovered tunnel in Bonab, northwest
of Iran, is likely to lead them to the legendary city of Shiz,
dating back to 7,000 years.
Shiz is believed to have been one of the most prosperous cities
in ancient Persia and historical documents indicate it housed
over ten thousands people during its booming days. Experts
cannot, however, agree on the geographical location of the city,
which is believed to have been older than Susa, southwest of
Different parts of the Western and Eastern Azerbaijan provinces
have been so far excavated but with no avail. But right now the
discovery of an underground tunnel in Bonab has raised some
hopes among the experts.
“The tunnel was, indeed, discovered a few years ago in an area
of Bonab named Pasigan, though it was initially unattractive for
the archeologists. New studies have indicated the tunnel could
possibly lead us to the long-lost city of Shiz, however,” said
Mohammad Gharbi, an expert with Iranian Cultural Heritage
Organization in Bonab.
The tunnel is 12 km long and 0.8 m high and clearly reveals the
impact of sledge hammers used to burrow it. Experts speculate it
might have served as a clandestine escape route for the
aristocrat residents of Shiz.