The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A large Sasanid city has been discovered near the town of Kazerun in the southern Iranian province of Fars, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday.
city is located 70 kilometers from Kazerun near the bas-relief of Bahram II (Sasanid
king of kings, reigned 276–293 CE) and Sar-Mashhad village, so we tentatively
named it Sar-Mashhad,” the director of the archaeological team working at the
no one knew its extent, people were aware of the existence of the buried city
due to several small mounds at the site, but during the new phase of studies,
the team found a large site that covers 600 hectares, Saeid Ebrahimi explained.
on the shards gathered at the site and its proximity to the Bahram II
bas-relief, the archaeologists believe that the site dates back to the Sasanid
dynastic era and was still inhabited in the early Islamic era.
team is currently searching for references to the city in historical texts,
who use some sections of the area for farming believe that the site was used by
Bahram II for lion hunting, but Ebrahimi rejected the idea, arguing, “The site
contains many mounds and a large tepes, which were all point out to urban
Persepolis and the city of Gur, Fars Province is home to major palaces of the
great dynasties of the second Iranian dynasty, the Achaemenids (about 550-333
BC) and the forth dynasty, the Sasanids (224-652 CE).
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