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Two-leveled Platform Unearthed Behind Ay-Doghumoush Dam

 

07 June 2005

 

 

Excavations behind the Ay-Doghumoush Dam in Eastern Azarbaijan has led to the discovery of a two-storey platform dating to some five thousand years ago.

Ay-Doghumoush dam is located in Kola historical site, south of Mianeh, Eastern Azarbaijan and includes remains of the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. The historical hill is 20 meters high and one hectare vast.

According to Javad Ghandgar, head of the salvation project of Kola, residents of the area built architectural structures on the two-storey clay platform from the third millennium BC up to the second millennium BC.

The newly discovered structure which is built on a natural hill most probably helped the residents to create leveled areas on which they could build their residential structures. The distance of each level from the next is four meters, and remains of three architectural constructions have been discovered over them.

The clay levels are unique and nothing similar to them has ever been found in other archaeological sites of Iran, Ghandgar told CHN.

Experts have started undertaking the salvation project of Kola site behind the Ay Dogumoush Dam a few weeks ago. They estimate that at least one year is needed to completing save the heritage behind the dam, the flooding of which has already started. Discoveries in the area so far include potsherds, a clay statue, and some architectural remains.

 

 

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