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Sasanid Fortress & Canals Discovered in Gorgan

A group of Iranian archeologists have discovered the remains of a Sasanid wall & fortress


22 June 2005


Geophysical studies in the historical site of Gorgan wall, in the northern province of Gorgan, led experts to discover remains of a wall, a fortress, a trench, and for the first time ever canals from the Sasanid era.

According to director of the studies, Babak Aminpour, latest work in the area which was aimed at identifying the structure of one of the historical fortresses near the ancient wall of Gorgan led to the discovery of remains of clay architectural structures dating to the Sasanid era.

These structures include parts of a wall, a trench, structures of a fortress, and for the first time ever remains of ancient canals near the wall. The function of these canals is not yet identified.

Most of the 200-kilometer wall of Gorgan is buried underneath the ground and geophysical studies can be of great help to identify its remains without actually excavating and digging the site which would take a long time.

Previous to the new discovery, remains of an architectural structure and a fire temple dating to the Sasanid era were found in the vicinities of Gorgan wall.

Gorgan wall is the longest historical wall of Iran and is considered the second longest historical wall of Asia after the Great Wall of China. The wall is 200-kilometer long and in its western end leads to the Caspian Sea, but its other end in the east has not yet been identified.



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