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Discovery of a Parthian Fortress behind Gelabar Dam


09 June 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations behind Gelābar Dam in Zanjan  province, northwest of Tehran, brought into light that contrary to previous belief the fortress located behind the dam dates back to Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE- 224 CE). This is while prior to this it was believed to an Islamic.


Abolfazl Aali, head of archaeology team at Gelabar Dam told Persian service of CHN: “Prior to this, based on earthenware vessels which were gathered from the surface layer of the fortress, it looked as if the fortress dates back to the Islamic period. However, further excavations and discovery of Parthian earthenware dishes and evidence of architectural remains belonging to this period, revealed that this fortress must have been constructed during Parthian dynastic era.”


By inundation of Gelābar Dam, the Parthian fortress located behind the dam, only a small part of the fortress will remain like an island amidst the reservoir of the dam.


“At the same time, another two sites date back to pre-Historic and Parthian dynastic eras are also under archaeological excavations,” added Aali.


Head of excavation team behind Gelabar Dam further explained that the site which belongs to Copper and Stone Ages is a mono periodic residential settlement which will be submerged completely by inundation of Gelābar Dam. “A similar fate is in store for the Parthian and Iron Age discovered residential settlements as well,” added Aali.


Archaeological excavations will continue until next month behind Gelābar Dam, which its inundation has already started.




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