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Discovery of a Sasanian City in Elam Province


29 June 2005



Archeological excavations in Ilam province have led to the discovery of a historical town in Seimareh, which dates back to the Sasanid dynasty, reported CHN. Seimareh was built in the early years of the Sasanid era (224-651 AD).

Archeologists believe that the town could shed light on Islamic invasion of Iran in the seventh century AD.

Remains of the old city lie near the town of Darreh-Shahr along the banks of Seimareh river in the lower reaches of a mountain range called Kabir Kouh. It is situated in southeastern Ilam province in an area of 60 hectares.

Head of the archeological team, Siavash Shabazi said that in 2004, the Water and Sewage Company of Seimareh dug up an area to establish a sewage system but the workers came across the remains of an ancient civilization belonging to a nomadic tribe. He said that subsequent excavations revealed fragments of potteries from the Sasanid dynasty.

Ilam province was situated along the Zagros mountain range and excavation in the area is of great importance, he added.

Shabazi said that archeological studies have already been carried out in the area by French and Belgian archeologists during which ’Madakto’, the long-lost capital of the Elamites was unearthed.



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