ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS
A team of Iranian archaeologists are excavating a stratum of the
ancient site of Ecbatana which they believe dates back to the Sassanid or
an area of 35 hectares, the site of Ecbatana is located in the northern
section of the western Iranian city of Hamedan. Ruins from various
historical periods have been unearthed during previous excavations at the
site which indicate that the ancient inhabitants practiced progressive
new phase of the excavations aims to shed light on the lifestyles during
various periods. Thus we don’t expect to unearth important artifacts,”
archaeological team director Masud Azarnush told the Persian service of
the Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency on Saturday.
was the capital of ancient Media and later the summer residence of
Achaemenid and Parthian dynasty kings. It is beautifully situated at the
foot of Mount Alvand, northeast of Bisotun. In 549 B.C., it was captured
by Cyrus the Great. It had a royal treasury which was plundered in turn by
Alexander, Seleucus, and Antiochus III.
called Hegmatana, the site has never been thoroughly excavated since it is
mostly covered by the modern city of Hamedan.
Hamedan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department announced last February
that it was planning to build the largest Iranian museum at the site of
Ecbatana. Ten billion rials was allocated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Seyyed Ali Khamenei to purchase the site of the proposed museum.
of the site are privately owned. A number of ruins and artifacts have been
unearthed during the private owners’ construction projects to build
houses and shops.
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) has recently announced
that it will allocate funds to purchase the land.