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Sasanian Watermill Discovered in Takht-e Soleiman


17 October 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian archeologists in the historic site of Takht-e Soleiman (ancient Shiz), located in northwestern Iran, discovered a watermill which is believed to be from the Sasanian dynastic period (224–651 CE). This is the first time that such watermill from this historic period is reported to have been found in Iran proper.


Regarding the new discovery, Yousef Moradi, head of the excavation team at Takht-e Soleiman said: “This watermill which is dated to late Sasanian period is 17 meters in height and 6 to 7 meters in width. Water was directed to this mill from Takht-e Soleiman Lake through a canal and entered this watermill from a hillock or a raised ground with a high pressure.”


Moradi also said that such structures exist in abundance in the southern Iranian province of Khuzestan; however, since discovery of a watermill from the Sasanian era has never been reported by archeologists anywhere in Iran proper, the newly found watermill is most probably the first one of its kind which is dated to nearly 17 centuries ago.


The historic Takht-e Soleiman complex, known as Shiz, is a major Sasanian site. The historical complex of Takht-e Soleiman was added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2003.


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

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