LONDON, (CAIS) - The
initial archaeological excavations in historical village
of Abyaneh resulted in the discovery of a residential area
belonging to the Sasanian dynastic era.
Abyaneh historical village is one of the most ancient
villages of Iran located in Kashan province. The remains
of a fire temple and some historical castles indicate that
the history of this village goes back to the Sasanian era.
“After only two days of excavations, such a discovery
was very satisfying. Continuing the excavations under a
scheduled and systematic program will result in more great
discoveries in this region,” said Zahra Saroukhani, an
archaeologist of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization of Kashan province.
“Some original dwellings of Abyaneh village residences
were unearthed during the initial excavations in this
historical site. The discovered area is about 600 by 300
square meters; and its architectural style indicates the
close relations between the structures,” added
Characteristics of this relation and discovery of the
historical evidence in the region require more
comprehensive studies in this respect.
“Regional and archaeological excavations in Abyaneh
historical village would result in the discovery of
several relics. From an architectural and natural heritage
point of view, this village enjoys a special importance
and more archaeological excavations would even add to this
importance,” explained Saroukhani.
Initially, archaeological excavations in Abyaneh
historical village started following the submission of a
proposal to the Abyaneh Research Center for constructing a
hotel in the village. After the discovery of this
historical site in this village, the research center
rejected the proposal for building a hotel in this area.
Prior to this, the director of the Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Organization of Iran had announced his
disagreement with the construction of a hotel in Abyaneh
village and asked the authorities of the research center
to prepare facilities in the big abandoned houses of the
village and change them into lodgings for the tourists.
Abyaneh, located on the northwestern slope of Mount Karkas
in Isfahan Province, 70 kilometers southeast of Kashan, is
one of Iran’s oldest villages. The historical village is
known as the “Red Village” because of its red soil and
houses. The architectural style of this historical village
is like a staircase and it is registered in the list of
the National Historical Heritage of the country.