The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A team of joint Iranian and
French archaeologists working at Kohan-Dež (Old Fort) in northeastern Iran
claimed that the site dates back to the Sassanid dynastic era (224-651 CE), the
Persian service of CHN reported on Friday.
the results of studies made during the second season of excavations, we found
out that the site dates back to the Sassanid dynasty,” team director Rajab-Ali
located near the city of Nishabur in Khorasan Province had previously been
excavated by a team of archaeologists from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of
Art from 1935 to 1948, which denoted the area to the Samanid dynasty (819–999
The US team
unearthed about 24,000 artifacts, which they believed belonged to the Samanid
and Seljuk dynastic eras. About 12,000 of the artifacts were then taken to the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
excavations were meant to prove that Kohan-Dež is a Sassanid site,” Labbaf
works and potshards as well as several other artifacts dating back to the
Sassanid dynasty have been discovered during the new excavations.
style of the pottery and potshards indicates that the artifacts belong to the
Sassanid dynasty. In addition, we unearthed a Sassanid tool at the site,”
Labbaf Khaniki noted.
Kohan-Dež measures 8x5 kilometres and has an
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