The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- While
information of archaeologists about existence of Parthian and Sasanian
historical sites was mostly limited to Mount Khajeh, Guri hill and a few number
of other historical sites, in continuation of their researches in Sistan plain
located in Iranian Sistan va Baluchestan province, archaeologists have succeeded
in tracing some historical sites dating back to post-Achaemenid (330-248 BCE)
period as well as Parthian (248 BC-224 CE) and Sasanian (224-651 CE) dynastic
far, archaeological excavations have resulted in more than 700 historical sites
ranging in date from prehistoric to Islamic periods in Sistan plain which all of
them are due to be pinpointed on archaeology map of Sistan va Baluchestan
this news, Rasoul Mousavi Haji, one of heads of archaeology team in Sistan plain
told Persian service of CHN: “In addition to these historical sites, the
archaeology team has also succeeded in discovering the remains of a large city
belonging to Parthian and Sasanian dynastic eras which is unprecedented and was
never seen before in this area.”
city is about 600 in 500 meters in area with a large number of Parthian and
Sasanian historical evidence including the remains of earthenware which were
never seen before.
the archaeological achievements, we have faced with a new kind of clay belonging
to post-Achaemenid (also known as
Seleucids) and Parthian periods. This is the first time such red clays have been
ever found in Sistan plain and has opened a new chapter in archaeological
studies of Sistan plain,” added Mousavi Haji.
believes that discovery of Seleucids, Parthian and Sasanian evidence might
reveal many unknown facts about these historical periods, which have still
remained unknown for archaeologists.
of historic evidence as ancient as the Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukteh) as well as
industrial centres and semiprecious decorative stones such as lapis and opal,
are among the other prominent achievements during archaeological activities in
Sistan plain. All these discoveries brings into light that the industry for
implementing decorative stones was not just limited to the Burnt City and was
extended across the satellite villages of this prehistoric city. These
researches also show that in each 6 kilometre of Sistan plain must have
contained one historic site.
Archaeological excavations have been started by a team of archaeologists in 22 districts of Sistan plain which have been divided into two phases. Discovery of more than 700 prehistoric and historic sites was the result of archaeological researches during the first phase of activities.
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