team of archaeologists recently discovered five
Achaemenid tepes near the Soltanieh Dome, the
Persian service of CHN announced on Monday.
Davud Abyan said the recent discovery proved that the site was older than
from the Achaemenid era had been found at the site before, and the recent
finding revealed the first signs of the Achaemenid dynasty,” he said.
site also contains ruins from the Sassanid and Parthian eras, and the most
recent discovery of the five tepes further confirmed that it was a
significant site in the pre-Islamic era, he added.
the region is very fertile, the surrounding land has been cultivated by
farmers, leading to the destruction of ancient ruins, and the five tepes
are the only ones remaining, he stated, adding that the studies would be
completed in late October and that emergency excavations would resume
names of the tepes were not announced due to the threat of smuggling.
in Zanjan Province, the Soltanieh Dome, the mausoleum of Oljaitu, was
constructed from 1302 to 1312 in the city of Soltanieh, the capital of the
Ilkhanids, Mongol descendents of Genghis Khan who controlled large parts
of Iran from 1256 to 1349.
was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 15, 2005 during
the 29th Session of the World Heritage Committee, which was held in
Durban, South Africa.