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Parthian Remains Discovered in Damavand
24 July 2006
(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
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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