The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists has recently
commenced the fourth season of excavations at the historical city of Daqyanus in
Kerman Province, southern Iran.
Dating back to the Saffarid Dynasty, one
of Iran’s oldest mosques, located in the city, is currently being excavated
during this season, team director Hamideh Chubak told the Persian service of CHN
Saffarids were an Iranian nationalist
dynasty (861-1003) of humble
origins that ruled a large area of Southeast and
Southwestern Iran, Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and
Turkmenistan. Their capital was
Zaranj in today Afghanistan.
The team also has been scheduled to
demarcate the city of Daquanus and to study industrial workshops located in the
site, she added.
She noted that there is no scientific
basis for naming the site Daqyānūs (Decius). People of the region have
selected the name for the site because of its historical importance.
About 400 square meters of the mosque have
been unearthed during previous seasons of excavation.
The city covers 12 square kilometres, 2000
square meters of which have been studied previously by archaeologists, who
believe that 100 years will be required to completely excavate the site.
Daqyanus was one of Iran’s trading and economic poles, having connections with eastern countries. Marco Polo, the world famous Venetian traveller, also refers to Daqyanus in his travelogue as a large and glorious city of the time.
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