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Sole Greek-Style Structure in Iran Under Re-examination


19 June 2005



Experts from Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization will for the first time study the sole Greek- style architectural structure unearthed in Nahavand, Hamedan province after a lapse of 62 years, reported ISNA.

An inscription in Greek language, along with several metal statues, was found by workers engaged in construction works in Nahavand, in 1921. The pieces are currently maintained in Iran Bastan (ancient) Museum.

At that time it was determined that the inscription indicated the existence of a temple called 'Laodiseh' and built according to Greece architectural style.

However, despite its significance, it was ignored for over half a century and now there is no sign of the mound which was located in an area currently occupied by a large number of buildings constructed in the intervening period.

Director of the excavation team at the site, Mehdi Rahbar said that the hillock was at that time registered as national heritage.

Despite this, the construction of buildings continued, he said, adding that in his opinion, the reason for not conducting archeological operations in the site was the difficulties in locating the exact site of the temple.

Rahbar further said that the team plans to launch archeological operations in the area. If found, the temple will be the first Greek-style structure belonging to the Post-Achaemenid era (312 BC-248 BC), he concluded.



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