LONDON, (CAIS) - Recent
archaeological excavations in Dastova historical city
resulted in the discovery of a brick raised platform and a
huge structure belonging to the Elamite era.
Archaeologists believe that this architectural complex
should have been a sacrifice place or a place for worship
ceremonies, but its real usage is still unknown.
“Regarding the size of the platform, it could not have
been the base of a pillar or the pier of a wall. Most
possibly, the place was used during religious rituals. 30
by 30 by 70 centimeter bricks and stucco were used in its
construction,” said Ali Heidari, archaeologist and a
professor of Azad University in Shushtar city.
“Since ordinary people used raw adobe to build their
houses, the high quality bricks and materials which were
used in the construction of this complex indicate that it
must have belonged to people with high social classes.
Nevertheless, more studies are still needed for clarifying
The inhabitants of Dastova city enjoyed a strong economy.
They were mostly engaged in trade relations in 45 AD, and
thus imposed a great influence on the economy and business
of the region,” added Heidari.
Some parts of this complex were destroyed when the local
farmers constructed some irrigation channels. Agriculture,
which is the main activity in Dastova, has led to the
destruction of some constructions which were discovered
during last year’s excavations.
“Our information about this historical site is not
comprehensive, thus making us unable to carry out
excavations in a specific area. We can only work on those
hills which have not been leveled to the ground yet,”
At present, a team of students are carrying out
excavations in this historical site in order to discover
more historical relics.
The ancient city of Dastova is located 3 kilometers south
of Shooshtar in Khuzestan Province.