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Key Parthian Dynasty Site Undergoes Restoration



07 August 2005


The architectural structures of Zahhak Fortress site, one of the key archaeological sites of Iran from the Parthian dynasty times, is to undergo urgent restoration and preservation activities.

Zahhak Fortress, located in the north western province of East Azarbaijan, has been vastly excavated by the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) in the recent years. It consists of several remains from the Parthian era including halls and architectural spaces with eye-catching plaster decorations, also some remains from the Sasanid era.

According to head of Zahhak project, Javad Ghandgar, to prevent the 15x15 square meter hall discovered recently from destruction due to precipitation and wind, previously set-up counter ceilings will be set up and new ones constructed. The stone walls of the complex are moreover to be restored and fortified.

Ghandgar explains that the restoration works are part of the preliminary stage to prepare for the new season of excavations there.

Since the number of Parthian sites throughout Iran is limited, the site of Zahhak Fortress is of great importance for archaeological studies of the era.




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