team of archaeologists recently discovered the
Parthian cemetery of the Zahak Castle, an expert
of the team announced on Wednesday.
conducted several excavations of separate parts of the castle last
year,” Javad Qandgar said.
we noticed that some parts of the site had been destroyed by smugglers,
who found the cemetery earlier,” he added.
in the Hashtrud region of East Azarbaijan Province, Zahak Castle is
considered one of the few extremely important Parthian sites and has been
excavated several times by experts of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (CHTO) in recent years.
stated that the archaeologists would not excavate the entire site due to
the lack of proper security.
the cemetery is left unguarded after the entire excavation is finished,
the site will be plundered again by smugglers,” he warned.
are plans to establish a permanent research facility and guard house in
order to protect the cemetery after the excavations are completed, he
cemeteries are important sites since they are not discovered frequently.
the most recent studies, archaeologists also discovered some mud brick
ruins decorated with colored plaster at the Zahak Castle.