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Maps of Sasanid City Drawn Up


26 April 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Experts have for the first time drawn up maps of the abandoned Sasanid city of Estakhr, in Fars province, and will soon embark on excavations at the site after a lapse of 70 years.

Relics from the Achaemenid, Sasanid dynastic eras as well as Post-Sasanid peiod have been unearthed from the historical city of Estakhr, which is located five kilometers from Parse-Pasargad (Persepolis) archaeological complex. The first excavations in the area were conducted by archeologists Schmidt and Herzfeld in 1936-37.

Head of the excavation team, Alireza Jaafari-zand told reporters that in accordance with a plan drawn up in early March, maps of the central sections of the city, including its mosque, have been compiled and the project is continuing.

He recalled that no excavations have been conducted at the site since those undertaken by Schmidt and Herzfeld. “There is a mosque in the central part of the city which dates back to the first century post-Sasanid era. It was built using construction materials of the Achaemenid and Sasanid dynastic eras. The altar of the mosque was unearthed in 1936 and experts have drawn up maps of the historical site,“ he said.

Jaafari-zand said that after the compilation of the maps, excavations will be carried out at the historical site of Estakhr and since the project needs approval as well as funding, excavations will begin afterwards by Iranian and US teams jointly.






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