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Military Castle Discovered
A six-month excavation and archaeological research at the historical
site located at Qaresu River bank in Rouin Dezq Village resulted in the
discovery of a military castle dating back to the 2nd millennium BCE.
Head of Ardebil province Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department Karim
Hajizadeh told IRNA on Saturday that this historical military castle has
been unearthed at a large archaic site dating back to the Bronze Age by
the archaeologist of the department, Reza Rezalu.
"The unearthed castle along with the signs of past life and clay
objects belong to the Bronze Age and the beginning of Iron Age (1700-550
"The objects discovered at the site provide sufficient proof that
the area has been the world's most ancient hub characterized by its
complicated political and social structure.
"Five hundred tombs have been found at the site, whose demolition
has unfortunately have caused some problems in archaeological surveys at
"A similar historical site was unearthed at the bank of Qaresu
River at Pirazmiyan and Masoumabad villages last year. The artifacts
discovered in the area prove that Ardebil was a major cultural, social and
residential hub in ancient Iran.
The official referred to similar objects of later periods discovered in
Turkey and Caucasus and the remains of social life as proof that at
certain historical eras the area has been subject to tension and likely
attacks by Aryans.
"The final results of archaeological surveys of the castle will be
classified by the end of year and will be published," he concluded.