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Mannaean Architectural Remnants Discovered in Bukan
02 September 2006
(CAIS) -- Archeological excavations at Bukan’s
Qalaichi archaeological hill led to the discovery of
further architectural remnants dating back to the 8th and
7th centuries BCE, according to the Persian service of
The department’s Public Relations Office quoted Bahman
Kargar as saying, “Archeologists came across
architectural remains stretching back to the Neo-Assyrian
period during the ninth season of excavations at Qalaichi
tepe,“ the official noted.
The discovered structures include a wall attached to
another stone wall, he said, adding the interior of the
walls is adorned with a thick layer of lime.
Kargar explained that the ninth season of excavations was
aimed at unearthing architectural structures belonging to
three historical periods in southern part of the ancient
According to the expert, the team dug 50 trenches in the
area to unearth buildings and walls, as well as the
remnants of the old Qalaichi bulwark.
“The entire religious edifices of the Mannaean era (10th
to 7th BCE) located at the center of the hill were exposed
in the excavations.“
He said the discovered objects include ornamental beads
and glazed bricks of different sizes.
The expert noted that the future archeological studies on
the hill would focus on unearthing residential units in
the adjacency of the religious venues.
Qalaichi historical hill is the only place where
archeological studies have been conducted on the Mannaean
kingdom--one of the unknown settlements in northwest of
Qalaichi Hill is located in West Azarbaijan province, next
to Qalaichi village, eight kilometers northeast of Bukan.
Some historical evidence belonging to the Iron Age II
(1200 to 850 BCE) and Iron Age III (850 to 550 BCE) has
already been found in the hill.