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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

Parthian and Sasanian Fortresses Discovered Behind Gotvand Dam

 

29 August 2006

 

 

 

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 Gotvand Dam (Click to enlarge)

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archeological excavations behind Gotvand Dam in Khuzestan province resulted in the identification of 15 fortresses dating back to the Parthian (248 BCE-224 CE) and Sasanian (224-651 CE) dynastic eras and the post-Sasanian period.

 

“Archeological excavations carried out by students of Shushtar Azad University with the aim of identifying the historical sites behind Gotvand Dam led to discovery of 15 Parthian, Sasanian and post-Sasanian fortresses up to the Qajar period (1787-1921 CE). 15 rock-tombs belonging to the Parthian dynastic era have also been identified in the nearby mountain,” said Hassan Derakhshi, archeologist and professor of Shustar Azad University according to CHN (Cultural Heritage News Agency).

 

Considering that the discovered archeological remains are located on mountain heights, Derakhshi believes that the construction of dam is of no threat to them. “Nomadic camps are the only places near Karun River which will be submerged after the inundation of the dam. However, these camps belong to the contemporary era and their age does not exceed 80 years,” added Derakhshi.

 

Gotvand Dam is currently under construction on Karun River in Khuzestan province, at a distance of 25 kilometers from the city of Shushtar and near the city of Gotvand. This 178-meter-high dam with the reservoir capacity of 4500 million cubic meters will be the second largest soil dam in Iran.

 

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: CHN

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