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Dam Conquered by Iranian-English Archaeologists
English archaeologists have started to research
the ancient wall of Gorgan which is also famous as
The team launched their project on 3 September and
will continue on the first phase until 17 October.
Gorgan wall, located in the northern province of
Golestan, is one of Iran’s unique defensive
walls of ancient times. 200 kilometers long and
consisting of 40 fortresses, the wall, also known
as Eskandar dam, is of great historical importance
and according to experts is Asia’s second
longest wall after the Great Wall of China.
Consisting of five non-Iranian experts and some
fifteen Iranians, the team aims at carrying out
some geophysical studies of the wall, which will
help reveal its past secrets without any need of
excavation and digging. The team will also study
and carry out laboratory tests on the trench
around it and its sediments, its architectural
features, the brick kilns, and the area’s
natural and cultural landscape.
Eberhard W. Sauer, lecturer in classical
archaeology from Edinburgh University, supervises
the team including Richard James, Lucian Stephan,
and David Baker. Two other experts are to be
joining the team in the near future. The Iranian
experts are headed by Jebrael Nokadeh, director of
the cultural heritage base near Gorgan wall.
Previous studies on the wall have led to the
discovery of some architectural structures and a
fire temple dating to the Sassanid era.