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7000-Years-Old Artifacts Discovered in Shahindej

 

16 September 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeological research at historical Shahin-Ddej Tappeh (Šāhīn-Dež Hill) led to the discovery of relics dating back 7,000 years, head of the team working at the site said.


Farangis Mirzaei director of archaeological research centre told Persian Service of IRNA that the ancient relics including potsherds, architectural remains, stone and clay inscriptions as well as glass pieces were retrieved from the hill located in the city of Shahindej, in Mahabad, West Azarbaijan province.


She said the excavations aimed to study stratigraphic layers and delineate boundaries of the hill.

The official explained that the history of some of the discovered relics stretches back to 4800 to 4100 BCE and some others to the Islamic period.


Mirzaei added that some of the artifacts belonging to first and second millenniums BCE and the Bronze Age are distinct from the rest due to the delicacy and excellence used in creating them.

 

Golden potteries recovered from the middle layer of the hill date back to the same period. The potteries have been glazed using advanced methods.


According to Mirzaei, the hawk and castle motifs appearing on some of the inscriptions indicate the reason why the city was called Shahindej (The Hawk Castle).


Given that the historical mound is situated in the center of the city, it has been subjected to unbridled illegal constructions in recent years.


Archeologists believe that the hill, sitting near Azargoshasb Fire Temple in Takht-e Soleiman (Shiz), had been an administrative, military and social nerve center during the Arsacid and Sassanid dynasties and the post-Sasanian era.


Shahindej is located 100 km off the Takht-e Soleiman historic site in Takab, which was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2003.

 

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