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A Parthian Tower Discovered in Ardebil Near Arran Border


25 July 2009



LONDON, (CAIS) -- A group of archaeologists working in the ancient fortress of Ultan in Pars-Abad near the Arran border (nowadays the Republic of Azerbaijan) have identified a tower dating back to the late Parthian dynasty, reported the Persian service of CHN.


The team led by Abdorreza Mohajerinejad is currently working south of the citadel to unearth the Parthian tower.


“The fortified Untān citadel, located in the southeast of Pārs-Ābād in the Moghān Plain and covers an area of 40 hectares,” said Mohajerinejad


According to Mohajerinejad the fortified citadel was constructed in the late Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224 CE) and for to its substantial fortifications has remained in use until 18th century.


“Concurrent to our excavations at the south side of the site, we have conducted a stratigraphical study on the fortification-walls, which till now a number of historical layers dating from Parthian to Safavid dynastic eras have been identified,” he added.


According to the report a continues destruction and construction [of new buildings] on the site [by the Islamic Republic] Agroindustrial Company have caused serious damages to the historical site, which in turn have created numerous problems for archaeologists as well as the historical site. The destruction has been said to have lessened recently.





Portions of this news have been excerpted from Persian service of CHN - translated and modified by CAIS. [*]




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