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Archaeological Research is Being Conducted in the Achaemenid Gord-Kuh Fortress

 

03 October 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- The first phase of archaeological research in Gord-Kuh Fortress has began according to a report by the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday.

 

The Gord/Gerd Kuh fortress dates back to Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE), while the surrounding settlements date back to pre-historic times, which is located 20 kilometres west of the ancient city of Dāmghān.

 

Gord-kuh (Mount Warrior), Ger Kuh (Round Mountain), Gonbadān-Dež (Skies’ Fortress) and Dež-e Gonbadān (the fortress of Skies), were among the many names used to refer to this fotress in a number of historical accounts. According to Shahnameh (Šāhāmé) of Master Ferdowsi (935-1020 CE) the fortress was the temporary prison of Esfandīār, the mythical hero of Iran.

 

The archaeological research started on September25th, and will continue for 45 days. Archaeologists have begun their preliminary researches before they open a number of test trenches. The activities in the fort include the identification and cataloguing of material cultures found inside the fort as well 20 kilometres around fort’s radius. Also the archaeological team will prepare a topographical map of the site and a survey for establishing the historical boundaries of the fort.

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