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A Sasanian Signet Ring with Inscription Discovered in Mazandaran


28 May 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The first grave dating back to the Sasanian dynasty (224-652 CE) was discovered during preliminary archaeological evaluation of a historical site near Kanglu Fort in Savadkouh, Mazandaran province.

According to Persian service of CHN, a ring bearing an inscription in the Sasanian-Pahlavi (Middle-Persian) script was also found in the grave.

A faculty member of the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization’s Research Centre and head of the excavation team for the site, Saman Surtiji said that his group came across the grave while trying to find a suitable access to Kanglu Fort.

The grave was located in a stone enclosure with the corpse buried in the posture of a foetus, he said, adding that it also contained items made of enamelled potteries, metal and glass.

Elaborating on the features of the grave, he further said that it was made of stone and clay and the corpse was buried with the hands near its mouth and its knees folded toward the left side of the torso.

Such methods of burial were prevalent from the prehistoric era to the early centuries of the post-Sasanian period, he said.

Commenting on the ring found near the skeleton, the head of the excavation team for Kanglu Fort, pointed out that the agate ring with a bezel was used as a seal.


“The discovered ring in the grave is an opal ring which was used as a seal. An etched word can be seen on the opal which was deciphered by Rasoul Bashash, in ancient Iranian languages. According to Bashash, the word on the ring says “Farokhi”, meaning "prosperity", and it was believed that it would bring dignity and splendour for its owner,” explained Sourtiji.

According to Surtiji, with this discovery, the Kanglu fortress archaeology team is determined to continue its excavations in the area to find the architectural remains of the people who lived near the fortress during the Sasanian dynastic era in order to learn more about the mysteries of this historical period in this area.


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