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Varamin’s Mil Mound to Undergo New Excavations


13 May 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- New excavations will be conducted at Varamin’s Mil Mound after six years of uncertainty about the continuation of archaeological works at the site. The site has been named ’Iranian Acropolis’ due to its’ architectural features, which resembles the Greek style.

According to Persian Service of CHN, the ancient site was one of the major Zoroastrian religious and scientific centres, presumably an astrological and astronomical research centre led by Zoroastrian priests.

Archaeological studies were conducted by a team led by Firouzeh Sheibani in 1999 and a German team had promised to undertake the protection of the site, but, no agreement to the effect was reached between Iran and Germany.

Deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization’s (ICHTO) Office for the Protection and Revival of Cultural Heritage, Qadir Afrovand said that funds have been provided to continue excavations at the site.

Sheibani said that the site has unique features with seven surrounding mounds and preliminary steps should be taken to remove dust and soil from the site.

She said that the six-year delay in archeological studies has left the historical site in ruins.

In the meantime, Afrovand said that enough fund is available now to restore the site and during the Norouz holidays to mark the beginning of the Iranian new-year (started March 21). Cleanup operations were carried out and a new gate was installed, he added.

Afrovand said that the archeologists, who have worked in the area so far, are expected to resume excavation under Sheibani’s leadership given her knowledge about the site. Otherwise, the studies cannot be concluded.

So far, Sheibani has expressed concern about inaction at the site in terms of excavation studies.

She said that the site dates back to the Sasanid dynasty and early Post-Sasanid era and also has relics from the transition from the Parthian dynasty to Sasanids in the pre-Islamic period.


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