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Parthian Remains Discovered in Damavand


24 July 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- During the first phase of construction works to build a new building for Science & Technology University in Damavand, the workers accidentally discovered a historical hill in the area which was later confirmed to date back to the Arsacid dynastic era (248 BC2–224 CE).

The discovery brought to attention of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and the organization dispatched a team of experts to study the remains. After examining the surface layer, the experts of the Cultural Heritage Organization approved that this hill must have belonged to the Parthian era.

Following this discovery, the project to extend the University was stopped upon mutual agreements between the University and ICHTO and by allocating some US $35,000 to the project, the emergency excavation in this Parthian hill is expected to start soon.

“Cooperation of the authorities of the University in informing Tehran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism (CHT) Department of the case immediately is highly appreciated. Their further collaborations with the Organization have provided us the chance to start the excavation and restoration works in the shortest time,” said Mohammad Reza Nemati, archeologist from the CHT Department of Tehran who will conduct the excavations in this Parthian hill.

According to Nemati, this hill must have been a historical cemetery in which the remains of an architectural construction can be seen. However, he believes that further studies in this historical site would reveal more information about it. Currently, some security measures have been implemented in this historical site to protect it from being plundered by illegal diggers.

The city of Damavand where this ancient hill has been found is located 75 kilometers northeast of Tehran on the slopes of the magnificent Mount Damavand (Misty Mount) with a pleasant climate that makes it a desirable summer resort. Damavand is a historical city.






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