The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A
team of archaeologists have recently returned to the Sasanian city site in the
future location of the reservoir of the Salman-e Farsi Dam in southern Iran’s
plan to commence a new phase of studies at the location to research the
transition from the Sasanian dynastic era (224-651 CE) to the post-Sasanian
period (651-861 CE).
undertaking excavations in April 2007, a team led by Alireza Jafari-Zand
discovered the ruins of structures dating back to the post-Sasanian era which
had been built on the site’s Sasanian strata.
360-hectare city also contains remains of buildings dating back to the
Post-Achaemenid era (330-248 BCE).
Sasanian city will be entirely submerged if the Islamic regime’s Fars Regional
Water Company begins filling the dam.
new phase of excavations has commenced with the digging of a 1X1.5-meter trench
near an Emamzadeh -- located northeast of the city, Jafari-Zand told the Persian
service of CHN on Tuesday. “Strata from the Sasanian and post-Sasanian eras
can be observed in the trench. It seems that Muslims began inhabiting this part
of the city,” he added.
studies indicate that the Sasanians used stone and gypsum in their buildings
whilst Muslims used mud bricks,” Jafari-Zand explained.
team has recently discovered the ruins of a round structure, which experts
surmise to have once been a minaret. If they can prove this supposition to be
true, it will be one of the earliest known minarets built by Iranians after the
invasion of Iran by Arab-Moslems in the middle of 7th century.
team had previously discovered many ancient urban structures including several
residential areas, a castle, a bazaar and a Zoroastrian fire temple.
Zoroastrian fire temple is located in such a way that all the streets of the
Sasanian city lead towards it.
discovery shows that from the distant past Iranians constructed holy places in
the central areas of their cities,” Jafari-Zand said.
1970, the region had been jolted by a massive earthquake, which can be compared
to one which devastated Bam in southern Iran in 2003. The earthquake caused
serious damage to the archaeological strata which has made it difficult for the
team to carry out their research work.
Islamic Republic’s Regional Water Company had begun filling the reservoir of
the dam in mid-March 2007. However, the process was stopped following the
protest of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO).
Afterwards, the team was assigned to carry out rescue excavations in the region.
city behind the Salam-e Farsi dam is another victim of unleashed dam
construction project in Islamic Iran. Evidently,
there is an iron will in to destroy every trace of the Iran’s pre-Islamic past
through dam construction projects, which are considered a seminal part of the
allegedly process of industrialisation and modernisation and regularly hyped by
Islamic regime in Tehran. The
most infamous of all is Sivand Dam in Bolaghi Valley, Fars province, which can
be taken as the most sensational example.
The project was evoked strong objections from Iranian and the international communities. In 2003, the United Nations issued an appeal for world archaeologists to rush to the area to unearth and record the historical remains before the dam’s reservoir is filled – large groups of Archaeologists and experts from Iran and across the globe have become engaged in an emergency salvation project, making it the biggest salvation project ever in the history of Iran’s Archaeological activities.
in April 2007, Mahmood Ahmadinejad the Islamic regime's president attended at the
site and ordered its immediate inundation, which the submergence of 137
a section of the Achaemenid Imperial’s Road (Rāh-e Šāhī) and an Achaemenid
palace, denoted to Darius the Great was began.
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