The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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