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of a Parthian and Three Post-Sasanian Cities in Sistan
06 August 2007
(CAIS) -- Archaeological studies in Sistan-va-Baluchestan province, have led
to discovery of 400 archaeological sites including an Arsacid (Parthian) and
three post-Sasanian cities.
Director of the archaeology team in east of Sistan, Rasul Mousavi-Haji told
Persian service of CHN that the findings were the outcome of a 20-day
archaeological survey which included exploration of 1,500 square kilometres of
“We came across one archeological site on average in every four square
kilometres in east of Sistan. The most ancient site belonged to the Arsacid
dynastic era [(248 BCE-224 CE)], while the most recent sites date back to the
post-Sasanian [(651-850 CE)].“
He added that the ruins of the Arsacid city, covering a vast area, form
contiguous mounds and a cluster of high and low hillocks as well as numerous
architectural structures are among the vestiges of the three Islamic cities.
Noting that none of the findings have been registered yet, Mousavi said that the
step would be undertaken once the identification and exploration processes are
“The studies have not yet been completed -however, based on historical sources
and the natural conditions of Sistan in different eras, it is unlikely that
pre-historic artefacts would be uncovered there.“
However, the archaeologist stated that items pertaining to the pre-historic eras
might be found in southern Sistan in which the rich civilization of Hirmand
River once flourished.
Mousavi said current explorations, are expected to be completed by late November
and the findings will be published in ten volumes.
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