The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Salvation project behind Kaleh Shak Dam, Iranian western province
of Kermanshah, resulted in discovery of an aristocracy monument dating back to
Sasanian dynastic era (CE 224-651). Considering the importance of this new
discovery, Iran’s Western Regional Water Organization has decided to save this
Sasanian monument against possible damages caused by inundation of the dam.
this news, Yousef Moradi, head of salvation team in Sarab-e Mourt told Persian
service of CHN: “Kaleh Shak Dam is located 5 kilometres distance of Sarab-e
Mourt region in west of Gilan city, Kermanshah province. The dam was due to be
flooded in a near future, however, considering the importance of this discovered
monument, Iran’s West Regional Water Organization has promised to lower the
level of water in the reservoir in an attempt to save this historic monument.”
to Moradi the monument has remained almost intact and just in some places its
ceiling has destroyed. “The monument is consisted of private and formal
sectors. The formal sector is consisted of a ceremonial hall, parts of which
have been discovered so far which covers an area around 11x 15 meters area,”
and mortar was used in construction of this Sasanian monument and was surrounded
by corridors with residential and official buildings on its both sides.
Archaeological excavations show that this monument was destroyed before the
sixth century and it was used by nomads during Seljuk (1037-1187) and Ilkhanid
(1256-1336) dynastic eras.
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