excavations in the historical site of Gur city led to the
discovery of staircases and floorings which date back to
the Sassanid dynastic era.
Historical city of Gur, located near Firuz Abad in Fars
province, is the first circle-shaped city of Iran. The
city was constructed during the third century A.D. by the
order of Emperor Ardeshir Babakan, the founder of Sassanid
dynasty, and was consisted of four main gates.
A team of German-Iranian archaeologists are carrying out
excavations in the historical site of Gur under the
supervision of the German professor, Prof. Dietrich.
“The archaeological team of Gur city is determined to
carry out excavations in three main areas of this
historical site and three big workshops are working in
this respect. These three sites are consisted of a minaret
area, the seat, and the shell keep of the city. A team of
archaeologists is busy working in each site,” said Leila
Niakan, deputy of the archeological team of Gur city.
“The minaret area is the most important residential site
of Gur city in which the evidence of continual life from
Sassanid era to the Islamic period can be seen.
Archaeological excavations in this historical site
resulted in the discovery of staircases and floorings
dating back to the Sassanid era,” explained Niakan.
According to Niakan, the staircases have been discovered
for the first time in Gur city and are very important for
identifying the building plans and architectural styles of
the Sassanid period.
Archaeological excavations in the minaret of this
historical site will reveal the extent of invasion of Iran
by Muslims in AD 7th century.
At the present, some parts of the historical city of Gur
are under ploughing by the local farmers and nothing has
been done to prevent this cultural devastation.
Archaeologists believe that a big portion of this
historical city has been devastated during the last 30
A base of a pillar belonging to the Sassanid era was
unearthed when the farmers were ploughing the land, which
revealed the importance of the site.