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Discovery of Sasanian Wall Surrounding the Khosrow Hunting Ground in Taq-e Bostan

 

15 June 2008

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists have identified the remains of a wall which once surrounded Khosrow’s II hunting ground near Taq-e Bostan archaeological site in Kermanshah province. The news was announced by Soraya Babakhani the vice president of Kermanshah Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organisation (KCHTO), according to a report by Persian service of ISNA.

 

Babakhani stated: “we are aiming to unearth the remains of the wall, which is part of Taq-e Bostan historical complex. Currently the wall is divided by a boulevard, and although the mud-brick is protruding from the ground, there is not enough of it to be studied, therefore we will commence our excavation soon to unearth its remains and implement the necessary restorations.”

 

With regard to the currently ongoing archaeological research at the Parthian fortress of Yazdgerd she added: “currently the fortress is under research and we have planed for another archaeological season, which will start in the month of Mehr (September/October). To establish the ancient site’s limits we will prioritise a number of areas for research, including Vis burial, high-reliefs, rock-tombs, and number of ancient bridges.”

The Sasanian dynastic era Khosrow hunting ground is located in Kermanshah Province in the southern section of the Taq-e Bostan historical site. It was enclosed by four large walls made of mud bricks.

Located between mounts Paru and Farrokhshad, the Taq-e Bostan monument comprises two arches bearing many unique bas-reliefs on their inner and outer facades depicting various aspects of the political, religious and social lives of the Sasanian dynasty (224-651 CE).

One such relief depicts a scene in which the Sasanian Emperor Khosrow II (r. 590-628) is being crowned by a Zoroastrian deity. There are also bas-reliefs of the Sasanian king of kings Ardeshir II (r. 379-383) and Shapur III (r. 383-388).

Unfortunately, modern vandals, Islamic republic's illegal road construction as well as petrochemical factories have caused extensive damages to the site.

 

 

 

 

Original News bulletin published in Persian by ISNA and translated and modified by CAIS [*]

 

 

 

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