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Sasanid Gate Unearthed at Gur


News Category: Sasanian Dynasty (224-651 CE)

03  January 2006



LONDON, (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.


Located 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 300 hectares.


“The 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.


“The 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.


The 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.


Gur.jpg (36596 bytes)So 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.


Last 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.


They 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 the years.


Part of the site of the ancient city of Gur has been under wheat, barley, and corn cultivation for the past 30 years.





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