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Parthian Fortress of Mt. Khajeh on the Verge of Collapse

 

06 December 2006

 

 

 

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LONDON, (CAIS) -- An ancient Parthian fortress built on Khwajeh Mountain in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan va Baluchestan is on the verge of collapse due to illegal activities by smugglers.

 

Khajeh Mountain (Kuh-e Khwajeh), the highest peak in the region, has several ancient constructions made with adobe and mud mostly dating back to the Parthian dynastic period (248 BCE– 224 CE).

 

Rostam Fortress is the oldest and most important structure of the site, constructed on the eastern slope of Mt. Khajeh. The fortress bears unique murals decorating the walls, few of which have survived throughout the ages. Over the recent years, a complete documentation of the site was carried out. In addition, partial restoration and fortification of the castle were conducted on the walls and arches.

 

Parts of the walls of this fortress have now become loose as a result of illegal diggings by antique smugglers. This is while archaeological excavations near the fortress had previously rejected existence of any historic artifacts in this area.

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