Barqdahandeh said that the team was working on the walls of
Imamzadeh Yahya in the village where they found the inscription as
well as several murals.
inscription, which bears the phrase ‘Said the Prophet’ in
Kufic, is in azure color and was found during the renovation of the
walls of the 900-year-old Imamzadeh (a tomb of lesser Imams).
Archaeologists estimate that the inscription dates back to the
Ilkhanid era (1256-1343 AD),” he added.
two-meter murals covering the walls are the paintings which focus on
religious issues and bear arabesque designs,” he noted.
official of Tehran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department, Qadir
Afarvand, also said that the frontispiece of the tomb was covered
with black and white cement over the past years, adding heavy burden
to the monument.
heavy layers of cement led to the gradual destruction of the
building, so the archaeologists are removing the layers during the
first phase of renovation,” he stated.
archaeologists also believe that the main dome of the tomb was
previously cylindrical and that the present cement tomb was built
over the main dome at a later date.
team will reconstruct the main dome in the next stage of renovation.
in the southern part of the village, Yahya's Tomb is made of stone,
stucco, and mortar, which were covered with black and white cement
in recent years.