Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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and Sasanid Sites Discovered in Northwestern
09 January 2005
joint Iranian and foreign research team has
recently discovered four huge historical sites
dating back to the Parthian and Sassanid eras at
the Moghan Plateau in Ardebil Province.
The director of the team, Karim Alizadeh, said
on Saturday that the team was completing their
research work in the region when they discovered
“The historical sites were surrounded by
canals used to irrigate the agricultural lands
and protect the area as well,” he added.
“The team, which included archaeologists and
experts from Tehran and Tabriz universities, the
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization as
well as New York University, was working in the
region for the past month,” said Alizadeh.
He went on to say that preliminary findings
indicate that the sites were from the Parthian
(250 B.C.-226 C.E.) and Sassanid (226–651 C.E.)
eras, proving that the Moghan Plateau was a very
important farming area.
“The sites and the discovered artifacts reveal
the fact that these newly discovered sites have
many affinities with those in Khuzestan and the
Mesopotamian area. They show that the Sassanids
had organized systematic and developed
agricultural activities throughout the country,
but for some unknown reasons they were later
neglected,” he said.
Alizadeh noted the significance of the discovery
of affinities between the southern region of
Khuzestan and the Moghan Plateau in northwestern
Iran, despite their different climates, and
added that these findings should be studied more
The studies will help shed light on the
lifestyles, economy, and commercial trade links
of different regions of Iran in ancient times,
he said in conclusion.
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