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Wall of an Unknown Parthian Fortress Became Visible After Rainfall

 

04 May 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Recent rainfalls in Minab, Hormuzgan province have exposed the walls of an ancient Parthian fortress, disclosed an archaeologist Siamak Sarlak.


The fortress is only visible under special conditions since it is situated on a salty marshland and the structure can be seen when the rain washes away the layer of salt and allows the fortress to appear, he told Persian service of CHN.


“When it rains, the people can see the 86-meter long wall of the fortress but as soon as the rain stops, it disappears under the salt layer.“


Sarlak said that the pottery shreds surrounding the fortress date back to the Arsacid dynastic era (248 BCE - 224 CE) and mud-brick was the most important construction material in building the fortress, but, the outer part of the fortress is made of red and baked bricks.


Excavations in Minab and Roudan, Hormuzgan province, helped determine coral section of ancient Hormuz city 700 years after its civilization was buried underground. In addition, two historical sites have been uncovered dating back to the third and fifth millennia BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

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