sixth season of excavations in the “Sorkh Dom
Laki” district of Lorestan Province has helped
archeologists to consolidate their theory that
suggests once the less illustrious kings of the
Ili-pi dynasty used to reign there.
The inadvertent discovery of a rock decorated with
reliefs, unearthed by smugglers, led archeologists
to find the area. The excavations started in 1998
and since last fall its 6th season has begun.
“Sorkh Dom Laki is one of the districts in a
massive site that we have so far discovered in the
province. During our excavations, we have managed
to unearth archeological sites, artifacts, pottery
dating back to the Iron Age. We have also
discovered some potteries going back to the
mid-Iron Age, indicating the area could be much
older,” said Arman Shishegaran, reach director
of the project.
He added the experts started their task with a
later-confirmed hypothesis that Ili-pi kings lived
and reigned here. “Local people had succeeded in
establishing a humble and independent kingdom in
the area as early as the first half of the first
millennium BC, lasting till the Sassanid