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Post-Sasanian Industrial Site May Have Been Found in Mazandaran


14 October 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists working in Savadkuh believe that they have discovered a post-Sasanian era (637-851 CE) industrial site in the region in Iran’s northern Mazandaran Province.

The site is located at Shirkhanepei near Pahluj, where the team has recently found a late Sasanian (224-637 CE) and a post-Sasanian cemetery, team director Mehdi Abedini told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.

“The site is surmised to be an industrial area for making pottery works due to the discovery of a large amount of shards, the earth affected by fire, and the remains of kilns used for baking the pottery works,” he added.

Abedini believes that Shirkhanepei had properly been selected for pottery making.

“There would have been easy access to water from the nearby river and wood from the adjacent forest. In addition, Savadkuh is a windy region and thus it would have provided appropriate draft for firing kilns,” he argued.

The team has also found signs of habitation near the kilns.

The region, home to several sites dating from the Iron Age to the post-Sasanian era will be completely submerged by the newly constructed Alborz Dam, which is about to become operational.

In September, Abedini’s team discovered some graves with an unknown style of burial, in which nails had been placed upside down in the earth in order to hold a sheet of wood above each body.

The graves are located at the Pahluj site of the Savadkuh region.



Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]




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