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Discovery of 35 Historical Sites in Qasr-e Shirin


06 February 2006



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archeological excavations in Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah Province led to the discovery of 35 historical sites belonging to the Neolithic (6,500 BC) and Chalcolithic periods (5,000-3,000 BC).

“Discovery of baked clays belonging to Uruk period, were the other discoveries in this historical site,” said Ali Hajbari, archeologist and head of excavation team in Qasr-e Shirin.

According to Hajbari, among the discovered historical sites, some date back from the Middle Elamite, to the Achaemenid dynastic era, while some evidence belonging to the early Pahlavi era have also been discovered in this historical site.

40-kilometer of a defensive wall, constructed by Khosrow II, Parviz to defend the Qasr-e Shirin had already been discovered during the archeological excavations in Qasr-e Shirin. The discovered wall in Qasr-e Shirin continues to modern Iraq.

Sasanid canal is the other important historical evidence of Qasr-e Shirin which ends into modern Iraqi territories. The water from Alvand River enters this waterway through a canal, and after passing the eastern and northern parts of Qasr-e Shirin it flows towards Iraq.

This waterway was constructed by sand stones and covered with stucco. The method of constructing the canal on an uneven land is considered one of the world engineering feasts in irrigation style. In order for the water to flow smoothly in this canal, the ground had to be leveled first. In doing so, the canal was filled up to 7 meters above the ground level in some parts, while in some others the mountain cliffs were trenched or the earth was dug out 10 meters deep.

Qasr-e Shirin or the Palace of Shirin is the name of a historic city in Kermanshah Province, west of Iran. During his reign, Khosrow II, Parviz, the Sasanid King of Kings, built several palaces in this city including a palace he named after his Armenian queen, Shirin.

The excavations in Qasr-e Shirin historical site will continue until 19th of February, while archeologists are hoping to find further architectural and historical remains.



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