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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Three Parthian Columns were Discovered by Smugglers

 

News Category:

Parthian Dynasty

Province of:

Khuzestân

 27 October 2005

 

 

(CAIS) -- “Three Parthian columns were confiscated from smugglers. They belonged to the Ancient temple of “Bard-Neshāndé” located in Masjed Soleiman”, Hossein Foruzandeh head of the “Guardians of National Heritage Unit” told in a press conference.

 

Foruzandeh stated “the discovered columns are varies in lengths, one of them is over 4 meters long, the second one 2.5 meters, and the third one over 1meter long. All handed over to the ICHTO”.

 

“These three confiscated columns were discovered by the smugglers”, he added.

 

“The ancient site of Bard-Neshāndé is an open-air temple, erected during the reign of Arsacid dynasty. The raised and walled platform consists of freestanding masonry columns employed in the temple without mortar, with a 4 meters wide flight of steps made of stone. This site through time has been suffered extensively, from natural causes such as earthquake, as well as damages which have been caused by the locals”, archaeologist Mohesen Hosseini, an expert from Khuzestan Province ICHTO told news reporters.

 

He continued, “today over %80 of the site has been destroyed, and the remaining %20 has been turned into a massive Tappeh (archaeological/historical hill). Its broken pieces of masonry scattered throughout the landscape surrounding the temple and even near the highway.”

 

“A number of columns from the temple already have been taken to Susa Fort for protection”, Hosseini concluded.