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Last Opening of Sasanian Bridge of Bistun Discovered 


15 January 2009



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian archeologists have found the sixth opening of the Bistun Bridge during excavations in Iran's western Kermanshah Province.

After the opening, a 31-meter long wall made of carved stone was found which dates back to the Sasanian dynastic era (224-651 CE).

“The wall shows that the sixth opening is most probably the last opening of the bridge,” said head of the archeology team Mojgan Khanmoradi.


She added: “The team also found ruins of walls dating back to the post-Sasanian era along with skeletal remains of camels.”

“Studies showed that the sixth opening was left unfinished during the Sasanian dynasty and was completed in later periods,” she explained.

The Bistun archaeological site is known for its numerous bas-reliefs and historical monuments such as the Khosrow's Palace.

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