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ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

Archeologists to Clarify Borders of Urartu Kingdom

 

14 November 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian and Italian archeologists under a joint project started their research on the eastern parts of Uromia Lake, Iran’s northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, in an area dating back to the Iron Age to clarify the domain of Urartu Kingdom in the region.

 

Stating the major focus of this joint archeology team, Hamid Khatib Shahidi, director of the team said: “The excavations started from Marand region, the northernmost part of the area. Tabriz Plain and Maragheh are to be studied next to identify historical evidence belonging to the Iron Age and Urartu civilization in this territory.”

 

The area which today falls within the boundaries of West Azarbaijan province and some parts of the neighboring Iranian province of East Azarbaijan were under the domain of Urartu kingdom during the end of the eighth to the beginning of the ninth centuries BCE. “During these excavations, we are seeking to find the extent of the Kingdom’s domain. Moreover, we are indenting to find out if Tabriz Plain was under the domination of the Urartu kings or was governed by a local ruler who paid taxes to the central government,” added Shahidi.

 

In addition to clarifying the borders between Urartu kingdom and other regional governments such as Mannai and Medes, archeologists are determined to identify the differences in the architectural style and cultural practices of the three governments.

 

Sajadi called the Iron Age as an important period in the history of Iran and added: “Complicated social structures appeared during this period which was also the beginning of a new turn in urbanization. The defense system also flourished during this period and many fortresses were built. A large number of archeologists and researchers believe that the Indo-European tribes entered the Iranian territories during the Iron Age which ultimately resulted in the rise of the first Iranian dynasty the Meds (728-550 BCE) and their successors the Achaemenid dynasty (550–330 BCE).”

 

One of the main objectives behind this season of excavations by the joint Iranian-Italian team in the eastern banks of Uromia Lake is to study the region’s political and social conditions between 1500 and 550 BCE.

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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