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Discovery of Parthian & Sasanian Sites in Sar-e Pol-e Zahab


27 February 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists have uncovered 20 new historical sites in addition to 600 graves from the post-Sasanid era at Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, Kermanshah province on the Iran-Iraq border.

According to Persian service of CHN, one of the major sites is called Lady Mound’ or ’Astronomy Mound’ in the vicinity of the village of Tarisheh, the sites date back to the Neolithic and Bronze ages (third and fourth millennium BCE) as well as the Parthian (248 BCE–224 CE) and Sasanid (224–652 CE) dynastic periods.

With the discovery of the new sites in the area, the total number of historical sites now stands at 130.

An archaeologist in charge of the excavation team at Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, Mahin Kermanjani said that there are some very important sections at the 130 historical sites which hold relics from all the ancient periods. In one of the mounds called ’Veis’ there are significant stone tools, simple and designed potteries, she said.

Kermanjani said that discovery of the Post -Sasanid graveyard with 600 graves in the area indicated that a large population inhabited the area.


“Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) will register the site as cultural heritage,“ she added.

The diversity of artifacts found in ’Astronomy Mound’ is so extensive that it proves that human beings resided there throughout various historical periods, but, unfortunately, it is impossible to continue the excavations because of the mines laid in the area by Iraqi invaders during the imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).




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