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Sasanian Manor House Discovered in Kermanshah


06 May 2007



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists have succeeded in identifying a manor house dating back to Sasanian dynastic era (224-651 CE) during their excavations in Sarab-e Murt, located in Iranian western province of Kermanshah.    


“This unique manor house belonging to Sassanian dynastic era was consisted of two parts including private section and formal section. The formal section was consisted of a ceremonial vaulted hall. This squared hall was surrounded with 2 in 5 meters corridor which was led into some units, most probably official chambers,” said Yusof Moradi, archaeologist of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kermanshah province (KCHTO) and head of excavation team in Sarab-e Murt.  


Existence of plasters in the ceremonial hall indicate that the walls of this Sasanian house were most probably covered with stucco decorations which have been destroyed over time. 


Moradi further explained that the big yards in official section were covered with bricks, parts of which have been discovered.  


According to Moradi, this Sasanian manor house must have covered an area about 5000 square meters, 2500 meters of which have been excavated so far.      


Regarding the usage of this historic building in the course of history, Moradi explained: “evidence shows that this residency house stayed in use even after Arab conquest [of Iran] and during post-Sasanian period. Then it was destroyed and abandoned until Seljuk dynasty (1037-1187) when the remained parts of the monument came into use once again as a summer dwelling. This building was also use during Ilkhanid era (1256-1336) by nomads.”


Further archaeological excavations revealed that this residency area was later turned into a cemetery and archaeologists have succeeded in unearthing a number of graves in the area.




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