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Sasanian Bridges Identified in Khuzestan Province
26 July 2006
(CAIS) -- Four ancient bridges and more than 30 windmills
were identified by the joint cooperation of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department of Lali and Khuzestan’s regional Water and Energy Department.
The discovered bridges, three belong to the Sasanian dynasty (224-651 CE) and
the Seljuk eras (1037-1187 CE) and are located at the salty branch of Lali river
and the last bridge dating back to the Atabakan period (9th century CE) is
located on the branch of Ziba Rud river from which five columns have remained.
“One of these bridges which was constructed by cube-shaped scraped stones and
bricks has remained more intact compared to the other ones. Parts of the columns
of the bridge had a triangular shape for breaking the waves of the river,”
said Hamid Reza Farokh Ahmadi, head of Khuzestan’s Water and Energy
Farokh Ahmadi explained that the lower parts of the column formed into the shape
of a triangle as a result of being located in the path of the flood waters and
because of its special shape it was called by the locals as Pa-Pil meaning
“The water of all these windmills was supplied by narrow water channels which
were dug in the rocks without any need for pumping. Two of the discovered
windmills near the city of Lali have remained almost intact. Restoring these
windmills and putting them back to work would bring a large number of tourists
to the region,” added Ahmadi.
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