intact jug as well as the jaw of a goat or a calf have
also been found among the mass of shards. The great amount
of earthenware discovered was not unintentionally broken,
but (was broken) due to the influence of the religion of
the region. The great amount of shards and other artifacts
probably indicate that a (particular) ritual was common
during that era,” the director of the archaeological
team working at the site, Hassan Rezvani, told CHN.
comprehensive study is required to reach a definite
conclusion, he added.
shards, some bearing bas-reliefs, are estimated to be of
Parthian era, nearly 2000 years old. Some platforms have
also been unearthed near the shards, which it is believed
were used by pilgrims and followers of the religions of
is still common in some regions where Iranians live to see
them break earthenware on their graves such as Kurds, but
it is difficult to relate to the new findings before
further study,” Rezvani said.
team of archaeologists has been tasked with gleaning
information and salvaging artifacts at the site that will
be submerged by the Shian Dam, which is scheduled to come
on stream in 2007.
they have discovered a Parthian fire temple and thirty
Sassanid silos and ovens, as well as many artifacts so