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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Discovery of Parthian Murals at Zahak Castle

 

17 October 2005

 

 

(CAIS) -- Archaeologists have discovered remains of unique murals from Zahāk castle dated back to Arsacid dynasty. 

 

“The discovered murals are unique and cannot be compared with any other murals from this period, any where in Iran proper or the Greater Iran”, said Javad Qandchi, the director of Sixth season of archaeological excavations at the Zahak site.

 

“The recovered murals have geometrical designs with various colours such as green, blue, red and yellow, placed within white coloured rectangular frames” Qandi stated.

 

He added, “The research has shown that 80cm of the bottom of the walls have decorated with murals and upper parts in stucco. Mural decoration even can be found in the corridors (5m x 2m in diameters).”The rooms are 10 meters x 5 meters in diameter, built out of mud-brick (Xešt)”.

 

Located in the Hashtrud region of East Azarbaijan Province, Zahak Castle is considered to be one of the few extremely important Parthian sites, which has been excavated several times by experts of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) in recent years.