& CULTURAL NEWS
team consisting of Iranian and German
archaeologists working in Bolaghi Gorge is now
planning to continue its excavations on the
cemetery belonging to Sassanid era.
The team started its work primarily on the
site’s ancient forges, but changing the plan,
but experts are now to carry out some studies on
the Sassanid cemetery discovered there by the
joint team of Polish-Iranian experts.
Iranian and Polish archaeologists discovered a
village and a cemetery beside the King Road in
their salvation activities on the historical sites
behind Sivand Dam. The discovered 9-hectare
village is the largest site discovered in the
gorge, which regarding to the discovered clays in
the area is supposed to have belonged to the end
of the Sassanid era and the beginning of Islam.
“The team was supposed to work on the forges of
Bolaghi Gorge, but despite what was believed
before, the forges were identified as belonging to
the Islamic period, and the large amount of slags
of the forges led them to virgin soil. Therefore
with the approval of the Parse-Pasargadae
authorities, the team decided to do excavations on
the Sassanid cemetery which was previously
discovered by the Iranian-Polish team,”
explained Mohamadtaghi Ataei, head of the Iranian
team cooperating with German experts.
According to Ataei, the excavations in the forges
will be finished by the end of the week and then
the team will work on the Sassanid cemetery.
Archaeological excavations on the forges which
were primarily believed to have belonged to the
Achaemenid era proved that they dated back to the
Islamic period. The forges were used for
extracting cast iron from iron, which were then
used for making large dishes and pots.