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Shadiakh Excavations to Resume


10 June 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Khorasan Razavi Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department plans to recommence excavations at the historical site of Shadiakh, near the ancient city of Neishabour, ISNA reported.

Abolfazl Mokarrami-Far explained, “Programs have been proposed by a joint Iran-France team for the new season of excavations in the region.“

Also Rajabali Labbaf-Khaniki, who is in charge of Shadiakh Archaeological Project, said, “In the course of projects implemented in recent years, an area was delineated in old Neishabour for excavations. Later, diggings in Kohan Dej region unveiled traces of the Sasanid dynasty (224-651 CE).“

He stressed that the main activity of the team was to put forth hypotheses and try to confirm or reject them through studies.

Labbaf-Khaniki believes the signs indicate that “we have probably gained access to traces of Sasanid dynastic era Neishabour.“
The discoveries include old Neishabour’s architecture such as walls, fences and gates.

The new round of excavations is to be conducted by five Iranian experts directed by Labbaf-Khaniki and five French specialists headed by Monik Kervran.

He went on, “The excavations are scheduled for spring and fall, since it is not possible to work during the hot summer season. After the scheme is approved, the credits are secured and the French team arrives, the project would be launched on Sept. 6.“
Mokarrami-Far said, “Presently, only restoration schemes are on agenda. The projects at hand would be completed by late July.“

He continued that a pool has been built in Tous opposite the mausoleum of renowned Iranian poet Ferdowsi and inspired by the Iranian garden style with 30 stone fountains to mark the 30 years Ferdowsi spent on compiling his epic masterpiece Shahnameh.



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