The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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
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 same time, another two sites date back to pre-Historic and Parthian dynastic
eras are also under archaeological excavations,” added Aali.
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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