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of an Early Post-Sasanid Kiln in
14 June 2006
(CAIS) -- Discovery of the remains of a kiln and
burnt bricks in Dolat Abad Tepe has convinced archaeologists that this
historical hill must have been an industrial region on the path of the Silk Road
during the early post-Sasanid period.
“Various cultural layers belonging to different periods of time were
identified during the archaeological excavations in Dolat Abad historical hill.
However, what is more prominent about these discoveries is that it seems this
historical hill played an important role in the industry of the post-Sasanid
period. The archaeology team also succeeded in discovering the remains of an
earthen kiln, dating back to the the post-Sasanid era, most probably to the 9th
century CE,” said Leila Niakan, head of archaeological excavation team in
Dolat Abad historical hill in Qazvin.
According to Niakan, archaeological excavations in Dolat Abad Tepe aim at
identifying cultural evidence belonging to the time when the Sasanid dynasty
Archaeological excavations in Dolat Abad Tepe have begun in March 2006 in order
to find out the cultural, social, economical, religious, and artistic aspects of
life during different periods of settlement in this historical hill with a
special focus on the period that was followed by the collapse of the Sasanid
dynasty in 651 CE and starting of the post-Sasanid period also known as the
"two centuries of silence" in Iran.
“Discovery of some pre-historic stone artifacts and clays belonging to the
Iron Age during the archaeological excavations in this historical site indicate
that Dolat Abad Tepe in Qazvin was a settlement area during different periods of
time. After preparing the topographical map of Dolat Abad Tepe and its nearby
hills and carrying out some archaeological soundings, we succeeded in
determining the vicinity of this historical hill, although some parts of it has
been destroyed due to agricultural activities in the area,” added Niakan.
Dolat Abad Tepe is located at a distance of 60 kilometers from the city of
Qazvin in Qazvin Plain, and on the path of the famous Silk Road.
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