(CAIS) -- Archaeologists have recently unearthed a
gate of a governmental site at the ancient circled-city of
Gur, the first capital of the Sasanid dynasty, the Persian
service of CHN reported on Monday.
10 kilometers from Firuzabad in Fars Province, Gur was
established during the reign of the founder of the Sasanid
dynasty, Emperor Ardashir I (224-241 CE). Very few studies
have been carried out on the city, which is one of the
five most important Sasanid cities. It covers an area of
gate was unearthed in the eastern part of the city. Every
viewer recalls the gates of Persepolis when seeing it,”
the director of the archaeological team said.
gate is 310 centimeters in height and 295 centimeters in
breadth, which may be extended when the second wall of the
gate is dug out. The second part of the double gate is
probably the same size,” Leili Niakan added.
team has also discovered a stone floor of the monument and
restored some ruins in order to prepare them for in-depth
study. The gate bears no bas-relief -- a fact that has
raised many questions for the team of archaeologists.
far, the archaeologists have not been able to determine
the exact use of the site, but they surmise that it may
have been a temple or a palace.
year, experts warned cultural heritage officials of the
damage being done to the ruins of Gur by farmers
cultivating the lands beneath which most of the ancient
city lies buried.
said that over 80 percent of the city, which contains
significant artifacts from the Sasanid era (226–651 CE),
is threatened by farmers’ activities such as irrigation,
ploughing, and levelling the lands. Over 30 percent of the
upper level of the city has been flattened and its walls
have been seriously damaged by farmers’ activities over
of the site of the ancient city of Gur has been under
wheat, barley, and corn cultivation for the past 30 years.