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ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

Identifying of number of post-Achaemenid Sites in Sistan Plain

 

11 September 2007

 

 

 

LONDON, (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 eras.

 

So 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 province.  

 

Announcing 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.”     

 

This 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.

 

“Among 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.    

 

He 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.   

 

Identifying 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.

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source*: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

 

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