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Square Pond Discovered at Tang-e Bolaghi


15 May 2005



Iranian and French archaeologists recently discovered a square-shaped pond coated with plaster at Tang-e Bolaghi, the head of the team working at the ancient site announced on Sunday.


According to Dr. Ataii, the pond, which has a length of 180 centimeters, a width of 120 centimeters, and a depth of 60 centimeters, was made of stone and coated with white plaster.


He said that the archaeological team believes that the pond dates back to the late Sassanid or early Islamic era, adding, “The discovery shows that the pond has an ordinary architecture with several canals, which probably were the pathways to drain the water gathered in the pond.


“Parts of the pond and the canals have been destroyed, since the site was turned into a cemetery during the Safavid era.”


Situated in Iran’s southern province of Fars, Tang-e Bolaghi will be flooded by the waters of the Sivand Dam, which is scheduled to be completed by March 2006.


Alongside Iranian experts, teams of Italian, Polish, Japanese, German, and Australian archaeologists have been assigned to save 129 ancient sites at Tang-e Bolaghi.


Tang-e Bolaghi also contains sites from the Neolithic and Paleolithic periods, the early, middle, and late Elamite era (2700-645 BC), and the Sasanid era (224-651 CE).





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