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Archaeologists Return to Historical City of Daqyanus


16 March 2009



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LONDON, (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 on Monday.


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.





Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]




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