have innitiated a new series of geophysic studies
in the immediate vicinity of the ancient wall of
Gorgan, to uncover yet unknown architectural
remains of the area.
The wall, located in the nothern province of
Golestan is considered the longest historical wall
of Iran, and the second longest in Asia after the
world-famous ancient wall of China. Some believe
that the two walls were built at the same period
as fortifications against northern invaders.
The wall is 200 kilometers long and therefore,
according to head of the Iranian Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Office in Golestan, Mohammad Rabi’i,
excavation to identify its ancient remains would
take several years. The geophysic studies help
archaeologists to find the buried ancient remains
without digging, facilitating the later
excavations, explained Rabi’i to CHN reporter.
So far some 40 fortresses have been identifed near
the wall and scientists preparing for excavations
of the upcoming archaeological season, plan to
find more of them in the eastern wing of the wall
which is yet unknown to them.
The wall ends to the Caspian Sea in the western
part, but the other end is not yet discovered.
Architectural remains and a fire temple dating to
the Sassanid times are among the discoveries of
archaeologists working on the site.