The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- With discovery of the third 3500-year-old
historic site belonging to Iron Age, behind Galabar Dam in Iranian western
province of Zanjan, archaeological excavations in this area has entered a new
phase. Nine graves, all dating back to the Iron Age have been discovered so far
in this historic site.
this news, Abolfazl Aali, head of excavation team behind Galabar Dam in Zanjan
told Persian service of CHN: “Since the surface of the discovered area is
covered by clays, we can not say for sure whether this area is a cemetery or a
is the third Iron Age site that has been discovered behind Galabar Dam. Prior to
this one a historic site and a cemetery both belonging to the Iron Age were also
discovered in the area.
addition to these Iron Age sites, a historic site belonging to Copper Age (end
of 5th millennium to the 3rd millennium BCE) have been
also identified behind the Dam, where a number of 6000-year-old residential
settlements as well as children graves have been discovered.
fortress belonging to the post-Sasanian period (651-850 CE) is the other
historic site which has been identified so far behind the dam on top of a hill.
However, since only the foothill will be submerged by inundation of the edam and
the level of water would not reach to the top of the hill, the fortress will
remain like an island.
to existence of a large number of historical evidence in the area,
archaeologists have demanded to extend the time for continuing their excavations
in the area for another two months in hope to discover more evidence in the
area. “With discovery of the third Iron Age site, we are determined to
continue our excavations for another two months,” added Aali.
is while Galabar Dam has already been inundated by the Islamic Regime’s minsry
of Power, without permission from the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department
of Zanjan province. However, due to oppositions raised in this regard,
authorities of the dam have made to stop their devastating actions, in order to
allow archaeologist to conduct their excavations in the area.
Currently archaeologists have to use boat for carrying out their excavations in the Parthian-post-Sasanian fortress discovered behind the dam. According to Aali, Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Power has announced its agreement with continuation of archaeological excavations behind the dam.
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