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Archaeologists Identified a Sasanian City in Reservoir of Salman-e Farsi Dam


07 May 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists has identified the structure of a Sasanian city in the reservoir of the Salman-e Farsi Dam in southern Iran’s Fars Province, team director Alireza Jafari-Zand said on Sunday.


“After an initial study of the city, which will soon be submerged by the dam, trenches were dug in various sections to acquire as much information as possible in a short space of time. In these trenches we discovered ruins of a dome over a square structure, a house which had obviously been the property of an affluent person, and some of the city’s alleyways and passages,” he told the Persian service of CHN.


There is some evidence showing that the city had at one time been struck by an earthquake, measuring about 7 on the Richter scale and that this was the probable cause of damage to the domed square structure, Jafari-Zand explained.


“The quake has also damaged the houses, alleys, and the passages, and we surmise that the city was abandoned after the quake. However, it was re-established during the post-Sasanian era,” he said.


“the geographical position of the city seems to indicate that it was a trade transit point linking the southern ports in the Persian Gulf ,” he noted. 


The Fars Regional Water Company has halted the filling of the dam’s reservoir, which had begun in mid-March without the CHTHO’s permission, and is financing the rescue excavations of the 350-hectare city and other sites.




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