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Archaeological Discoveries in Rudbar
16 December 2006
(CAIS) -- Archaeologists have discovered remnants of a necropolis in the
Vatel (vātәl) district of Roudbar (rūdbār), Gilan province, head of the
excavation team told PErsian service of ISNA.
Jahani noted that the site, 35 km off Rostamabad (rostamābād), had been a human settlement from
the Iron Age up to the post-Sasanian and Safavid dynastic eras.
He observed that preliminary studies, which started on Dec. 3, continued for 10
The site is rich in terms of the antiquities discovered there, and is therefore
expected to provide answers to questions raised by experts with regard to Iron
Age and Islamic era in Rodbar heights.
The study may be prolonged in an attempt to delineate the boundaries of the
30-hectare site, he added.
Jahani said remnants of pre-Islamic, Ilkhanid and Safavid architecture as well
as ancient graves as old as the Iron Age had been discovered at the site.
He continued that potteries, rich in shape and colour, had for the first time
been retrieved from this part of the country.
“The existence of several springs and rivers in the area signify that it was a
proper settlement for ancient dwellers,“ he added.
The archaeologists are trying to find out the reasons why the site was destroyed
after the Safavid era, he added.
The site is to be inscribed on the Iranian National Heritage List in the
not-too-distant future, he concluded.
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