The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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.
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.
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.
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.
geographical position of the city seems to indicate that it was a trade transit
point linking the southern ports in the
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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