Archaeological Research Center has invited Stronach to travel to Iran to
give the report and guide Iranian archaeologists in searching for the
Parthian city,” Masumeh Davudian added.
to old age, he will not be able to directly take part in the operation,
but his guidance will be very effective for upcoming excavations,” she
is recognized as one of the pioneers of archaeology in Iran. Educated at
Cambridge, Stronach was director of the British Institute of Persian
Studies for twenty years beginning in 1961, during which time he also
conducted excavations throughout the Middle East.
has directed and co-directed a number of excavations in Iraq (at Ras al
'Amiya and Nineveh), in Iran (at Pasargadae, Nushijan Tepe, and Shahr-i
Qumis), and in the Caucasus (at Horom and Velikent).
Qumis was known to the Greeks as Hecatompylos or "the Hundred Gated
is one of the Parthian royal capitals in western Khorasan. It might have
already fallen into decline when the Seleucids revived it as a military
outpost about 300 BC. By about 200 BC it was the Arsacid (Parthian)
capital and is mentioned as such by Pliny, Strabo, and Ptolemy.
lay on the Silk Road trade route between the Near East and China. Although
it is thought to have been situated somewhere between the present-day
Iranian cities of Damghan and Shahrud, its exact location has not been
Damghan is a city in the Parthian district of Traxiane, later known as
Khorasan. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times and was the
original capital of the ancient province of Qumis.