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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Discovered Ancient Burials from Meshkin-Shahr Belonging to Parthian Period

 

23 October 2003

 


(CAIS) -- Research carried out on number of human remains found in Asghariyeh district of Meshkin-Shar (Meshkinshahr) confirmed their Parthian origin, date back to 2nd century BCE, Asghar Nemati head of archaeological team told news reporters.

 

“This was an archaeological salvage operation led by ICHTO,  when the city’s swage workers came across these two ancient graves”, said Nemadi.

 

“Both graves had coverings, one made of earthenware, and the other one with a polished stone. In both graves, we have found humans remains, buried with decorated pottery vessels. The alizarin painted decorations over the Parthian buff and grey coloured Ardebil-wares are consist of geometrical designs such as a star shapes, as well as human and animal presentations”, he added.

 

Meshkin-Shahr (old Khiav) is one of the most ancient cities in Iran. It is located in the north-west of Iran in Ardebil province (ancient Artavillâ) and its distance to Tehran is 839 kilometres. It is the nearest city to the Sabalân high mountain.

 

"Mehkin-Shar" and especially "Germi", are the two most important towns in Ardebil province, which is commonly accepted among scholars to date back to the the Parthian period.