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Evidence of Glass Blowing Workshop Discovered in Patapeh


06 May 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations on the top of Patapeh historic hill located behind Kalan Dam in Malayer, Iranian Hamadan province, has resulted in identifying architectural evidence dating back to Safavid dynastic era (1501-1736). Since the architectural style of this area is not similar to residential settlements and considering the discovered glass kilns in the area, archaeologists believe the discovered evidence must have belonged to a glass blowing workshop.


Announcing this news, Hassan Rezvani, head of excavation team in Patapeh, told Persian service of CHN: “A number of glass productions such as pieces of bracelets and glass dishes have been found in the vicinity of this architectural remain which dates back to 300 to 400 years ago. A small area has been also identified next to the workshop which at first was supposed to be a lavatory, however considering its slope and the shape of the earthenware well which was built in centre of the room; we give the possibility that the area must have been the bathroom of the workshop.”


Archaeological evidence such as burnt woods in the area and burnt remains on the walls show that this workshop was once burnt in a massive fire. 


Three towers which resemble Parthian architectural style have been discovered so far in the area which indicates the existence of a fortress belonging to this dynastic period (248 BCE-224 CE) in the lower layers of this historic hill.


“Most probably we would face a historic fortress dating back to Parthian dynastic era in the lower layers of this historic hill. In order to reach it, we should first complete our excavations on the surface layers which belong to the Islamic periods,” added Rezvani.


Considering that two years have still remained to inundation of Kalan Dam, Rezvani expressed hope that the excavation team would be able to finish the salvation project provided that the budget is supplied.


Archaeological studies in this historic hill show that the age of Patapeh dates back to 6000 years ago. Having 22 meters height, Patapeh historic hill is the biggest hill in Iran which archaeologists have ever started salvation works in an attempt to rescue its historical evidence before inundation of the dam.




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


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