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of 30 Sasanian Ovens and Silos behind Shian Dam
01 December 2005
archaeological excavations at the back of Shian Dam in
Kermanshah province resulted in the finding of 30 silos
and ovens dating back to the Sassanid dynastic era.
Archaeologists believe that they should have belonged to
the nomads of the region.
Previous to this, a big fire temple, which is supposed to
be one of the biggest fire temples belonging to the
Sassanid era, was discovered during the archaeological
excavations behind the Shian Dam.
“In a vast area out of the fire temple’s, some
cubbyholes, silos and ovens have been discovered, which
are located in the foot hill near the fire temple. There
are also some stone raised platforms which were most
probably part of the residences of the inhabitants,”
says Hassan Rezvani, head of the archaeological team
excavating behind Shian Dam.
“These equipments and raised platforms might have
belonged to either those who used to go to the fire temple
or to the nomads. There are ovens and twin stoves beside
the silos which were most probably used for cooking,”
There is a hole in the lower part of each of the ovens
which might have been to help the flow of air which
resulted in firing of the oven. The holes could then be
closed with stones. There is a hole in the lower part of
each silo as well. Silos were built of burnt bricks. The
openings of the silos are 50 centimeters in diameter, and
the diameters of the stoves are different. The unearthed
clays in the region indicate the remains to have belonged
to the Sassanid era.
The main aim of these excavations behind the dam is to
save the historical sites. Some evidence from the second
millennium BC to the beginning of Islam are found behind
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