The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The team of archaeologists working at Sar-e Pol-e Zahab in Kermanshah Province recently discovered forty more prehistoric and historic sites, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday.
head of the team, Mahin Kermanjani, said that experts believe that the sites are
from the Stone Age, the Copper Age, and the Parthian and Sassanid eras.
total of 130 historical sites and an Post-Sasanid cemetery with 600 graves were
previously unearthed in the area, so, with the new discoveries, there are now
170 archaeological sites at Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, she added.
stated that the sites begin in the Neolithic era and continue until the
Achaemenid and Parthian dynastic eras, adding, “Several Sasanid dynastic era
castles that were constructed on the mountains are also seen among the new
discoveries. Considering the arduous path to reach the castles, they must have
been used as military fortifications.”
function of some of the structures can not be immediately determined, since only
their foundations remain, and additional studies are required, Kermanjani
went on to say that land mines left over from the Iran-Iraq war in the border
towns have created some problems for cultural heritage experts during their
excavations, adding that some of the sites have also been used for agricultural
purposes by farmers, although experts are still trying to find ruins under those
Pol-e Zahab has long been a residential area inhabited by many different Iranian
groups over the course of history due to its good climate.
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