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Sasanid Castles Identified in Bastak
20 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Archaeologists succeeded in discovering 15
ancient castles dating back to the Sasanid dynastic era (224–651 CE) in the
city of Bastak in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan.
“The architectural styles of these castles and the material used in their
constructions as well as the pottery shreds found in the area together with
other archaeological findings confirm that these monuments must have been
constructed during the Sasanid dynastic era,” said Ali Asadi, head of the
excavation team at the city of Bastak.
“These castles were not very big in size, and it seems that they had been
built as garrison posts” added Asadi.
In addition, archaeologists were able to find four other relatively larger
castles with complex architectural style near other castles found in Bastak.
“Nearby castles contained residential areas which were probably residence to
civilians who either lived or worked there. One of the major features of the
discovered castles is the existence of at least one water reservoir in each of
them. The number of these water reservoirs reach to three or four in some larger
castles. Since marine trade was very important during the Sasanid period, these
bigger castles probably played as defensive role during that time built to
protect trade routes which connected to Bastak from the Persian Gulf,”
During their excavations in the city of Bastak, archaeologists also found
several ancient sites in mountain-skirts and plains of the city which go back to
the Sasanid dynasty as well and show that Bastak was a flourished city during
that time. Studies on these sites also resulted in the discovery of a forgotten Sasanid
city with a 40 hectare area.
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