The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists
working at the Sarab-e Mort site have completed unearthing the ruins of a manor
house dating back to the Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224 CE). The manor house
was discovered during the second season of archeological salvage operation back
near the city of Gilan-e Gharb in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah, the
site is being threatened by a dam construction project.
structure consists of sections for official ceremonies, administration, and
private residence, team director Yusef Moradi told the Persian service of CHN on
described the discovery as important due to the special use of the manor and the
three sections of the house and added, “No other example of this type of house
has been found at the site so far.”
house constructed of cobblestones, gypsum, and bricks measures 70x50 meters. A
number of shards have also been dug up at the house.
experts also surmise that the house was used during the Sasanian dynasty
team was assigned by the Iranian Centre for Archaeological Research (ICAR ) also
known as the Centre for Archaeological Research of Iran (CARI) to conduct
salvage excavations at Sarab-e Mort, which will partially be submerged by the
to Moradi, the team has completed this season of excavations and ICAR has not
applied for further operations.
area of Sarab-e Mort is best known for its mort (myrtle) trees. Myrtle was
considered as a sacred plant by the ancient Iranians, and its leaves and fruits
were used during Mithra and Anahita cultic ceremonies.
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