The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- The first season of archaeological
research in Lusteh and Hādi-Ābād concluded with the discovery of
Partho-Sasanian architectural and material culture remains, reported the Persian
service of the Aryan Heritage News Agency (Aria).
The Lusteh and Hādi-Ābād sites are
located near the Āzād Dam, 75
kilometres from the town of Sanandaj, on the way to Marivān, in the Western
Iranian province of Kordestān.
Archaeologists have discovered
architectural remains and earthenware dating back to Parthian (224 BCE – 224
CE) and Sasanian (224-651 CE) dynasties.
“The archaeological research revealed
that there are nomadic settlements during the Parthian and Sasanian dynastic
eras in the area near the Āzād Dam”,
announced Leila Khosravi, the head of archaeological research team.
She added: “to this date no research has
ever carried out about the Iranian nomads in this part of the country during the
“Jelingi ware, an engraved
Parthian pottery which is typically produced in the West of Iran was discovered
here for the first time.” said Khosravi.
She continued: “Jelingi-ware has never
been found in the Kordestan province that was used by nomads during the Middle
and Early Parthian eras, since nomads preferred inexpensive and rustic
Along with the jelingi-ware archaeologists
have also discovered crocksand saucepans with some containing burnt materials,
as well as animal bones which were sent to a lab for further examinations.
With regard to the architectural remains
she said: “ashlars were used in the foundations and walls were erected on the
top using mudbricks. We have also found some sections of walls in both sites.”
“Stratigraphical study shows the population was on the increase in this area during the Parthian dynastic era. This could be explained as the result of the lack of security in the western edges of the empire, especially near the Euphrates – therefore people may have decided to move to safer areas and towards the empire's heartland. We also have identified Parthian settlements in the mountainous and impassable areas of the province”, concluded Khosravi.
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