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Excavations Reveals Shadyakh History


18 October 2005


(IRNA) -- Head of archaeological group conducting surveys at Shadyakh (Šādyāx ) near the city of Neishâbur, Rajabali Labbaf-Khaniki, here Tuesday said that the excavations and discoveries in the area sheds light on the historical events and natural disasters.

Speaking to reporters, he added that the relics and artifacts unearthed during five seasons of survey have revealed a more real face of the social and political situation of the area in ancient time.

"The signs of development and destruction obtained at Shadyakh area include the remains of its architecture, a great number of pieces of plasterwork and mural paintings," he added.

Turning to the traces of extensive fires at the site, the collapsed walls and remnants of skeletons unearthed from the rubble, he said that they are reminiscent of catastrophes such as war and earthquake in the area.

Khaniki referred to the reconstruction of the walls, architectural decorations such as plasterwork, paintings and even reliefs as proof of artistocratic decorated atmospheres.

"The partially unearthed palace to the south of Shadyakh comprising the two public and internal sections has been decorated meticulously," said the official.

Declaring that the sixth excavation season at the site started on October 2, 2005, he noted that at this stage the soil will be removed from the discovered palace.

"Up to the early third century AH, Shadyakh was a beautiful grove situated to the west of the ancient city of Neishâbur. However, once Abdollah ibn-e Taher took reign in Khorasan, it was turned into his residence and military base.

"The site was constantly invaded and destroyed by the Mongols up to 618 AH and it served as the hub of Khorasan's central government" concluded Labbaf-Khaniki.