The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations
behind Tangab dam in Firuzabad region in Fars province have led to discovery of
a wine production workshop dating back to Sasanian dynastic era (224-651 CE).
Announcing this news,
Hossein Tofighian, head of excavation team behind Tangab dam in Fars province
told Persian service of CHN: “The discovered constructions are consisted of
three sections including a place for drying raw materials, a storing place, and
a place for extracting grape juice. Contrary to our previous beliefs, instead of
mortar, plaster and stone were used in these constructions. ”
Head of excavation team
behind Tangab dam further explained that the discovered industrial centre must
have been 7 hectares in area, parts of which have been demolished during road
construction activities to get access to the dam. “Therefore, we have managed
to conduct our excavations only in some parts of the hill,” added Tofighian.
Existence of vineyards
which can still be seen only in 20 kilometres distance of the discovered
constructions, indicate that this part of Fars province was a suitable place for
growing grape from very ancient times. This is while the newly discovered
industrial centre is somehow close to the historic city of Gur, the first seat
of Sasanian dynastic Empire.
Considering that Fars
province was one of the main origins of Sasanian dynasty, discovery of any
evidence in this regard has a special importance in archaeological researches.
This is while so far archaeological excavations in Fars province were mainly
focused on historical evidence belonging to Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330
BCE) in Persepolis and Pasargadae.
Prior to this, some two
years ago, Iranian-Polish joint archaeology team succeeded in tracing evidence
of wine production workshops belonging to Sasanian dynastic era during their
RESCUE excavations in Bolaghi Valley during their efforts for saving historical
evidence behind Sivand Dam in Fars province prior to its inundation by the
All of these discoveries
bring into light that Iranians have enjoyed wine consumption and deployed a
sophisticated technology to extract wine from the ancient times, particularly
during the Sasanian era.
The world’s oldest wine
was discovered from Haji Firuz site located in the northern region of the Zagros
mountains in Iran, dated to 5000-5500 BCE. Discovered wine jars contained once
was filled with resonated wine.
The first season of archaeological excavations behind Tangab Dam took two months. Now archaeologists are determined to resume their excavations in Tangab plain in a near future.
<meta name="verify-v1" content="Kb4N15t1UVWj7aEXtMAMsR2vpb1WAyOpb5tfwsdcn1w=" />
Copyright © 1998-2015 The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies (CAIS)