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Discovery of a Partho-Sasanian Site in Valiran Region


16 August 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- During the archaeological research in the Valīrān regions of Damāvand, archaeologists have discovered a number of coins with Pahlavi (Middle-Persian) inscriptions, dated back to the Sasanian dynasty (224-651 CE).


“During the latest excavations we have discovered a number of coins and earthenware with inscriptions as well as architectural remains, in which all belonged to the Sasanians”, said M. Reza Nemati, head of the archaeological team in the Valiran region, according to the Persian Service of CHTN (Cultural Heritage and Tourism News Agency).


“We have not completed our research to confirm that the architectural remains were either a Palatial or other form of structure”, said Nemati.


With regard to the Parthian cemetery in the area, Nemati said, “we suspect the existence of a Parthian cemetery in the lower level of the site, but we cannot be sure until the future excavations. However, for future excavations we first need to establish the historical boundary of the area.”


According to CHTN, in early July this year, construction workers discovered a number of pits containing human remains and various artifacts. The initial survey confirmed the area was a burial ground dating back to the Parthian/Arsacid dynastic era (248 BCE – 224 CE). In the graves archaeologists have discovered various ceremonial bronze and earthenware objects buried with the dead, such as goblets and bowls. All bear a resemblance to the Parthian style.


The excavations will commence in the end of October.







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