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Secrets of Sasanian City of Shapour Khwast to be Unveiled


18 April 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- In an attempt to discover the secret of the Sasanian city of Shapur Khwast, located in modern Khoram Abad city, western Iranian province of Lorestan, archaeologists have started excavations in Pāmenār quarter in the centre of this city.


The city of Shapur Khwast was one of the prominent cities during Sasanian dynastic era (224-651 CE) and it has been described as one of the biggest and most flourished cities during the period in historical documents. Excavations in this historic city would be an important measure in Sasanian studies and will bring into light some important unknown factors about this period.


Regarding the discoveries which have been made so far in this historic site, Adeli explained: “We have found plenty of historical evidence dating back to the early post-Sasanian period (651-850 CE), although we have not succeeded in identifying any important evidence belonging to Sasanian dynastic era so far, however since we have not yet reached to pure soil in our excavations, it is so soon to make any clarified remark about historic city of Shapur Khwast.


Archaeologists have started their excavations in a 3200-meter-square area located east side of the brick minaret. According to Adeli, this area must have been much larger, however due to developing projects and urban constructions in the city large parts of it has been destroyed over time.


Pamenar has been registered in Iran’s National Heritage List, but its surrounding historical area has not been inscribed yet.


Although more than 90 percent of archaeological evidence in this historical site has been destroyed, the remained 10 percent is worth enough for archaeologists to trace some valuable information about Sasanian dynastic era.




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

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