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Dam construction uncovers Sassanid-style graves near Kermanshah


News Category: Sasanian Dynasty

 05 November 2005



(MNA) -- A team of archaeologists recently discovered Sassanid graves at the future site of the Shian Dam’s reservoir near the western Iranian city of Kermanshah, the Persian service of the Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency reported on Saturday.

The head of the team said that almost thirty graves dating back to the early Islamic era were also found near the Parthian fire temple, a new discovery over the past few weeks.


Due to certain types of structures in the fire temple, the archaeologists surmise that the monument had been used as a mosque (after the advent of Islam in Iran), Hassan Rezvani added.


He also stated that all the corpses but two were aligned toward south with burial gifts inside the graves, a tradition of pre-Islamic era persisting up to that time. In addition, a coin bearing the holy verses of Fatehah surah belonging to the early Islamic era was also found near the graves.


Archaeologists believe that the flowing Shian fountainhead encouraged the first settlements in the region in about 2400 BC. They have identified a great number of historic and ancient sites in the region from the Parthian to the Islamic eras.


Shian Dam is scheduled to come on stream in 2007.  





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