Archeologist: First signs of Achaemenids discovered in Western Iran

Tehran, Feb 6, IRNA - Archeological excavations in the Chia Sabz area led to the unearthing of landmark Achaemenid clay works, Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT), reported.

“The clay works consisted of plate-like containers, clay cups, fishplate, scalloped patterned containers and stone tools, which are new indications of the presence of the Acheamenids in city of Lorestan,” RICHT said.

RICHT Public Relations Office quoted Head of the exploration team in the Chia Sabz area of Lorestan Ata Hassanpour as saying that explorations in the Chia Sabz area in Cham-Naqd Ali village located in the basin of Seymareh Dam led to new discoveries dating back to the Achaemenid era.

He added that evidence shows that the area had been active in two architectural periods and one period of cemetery in two different phases.

Stressing that along the Achaemenid clay works several pieces of clay works specific of the Parthian era, known as Gelanggi, have been discovered, Hassanpour said by taking into account the time of settlement of the Parthians in this area, the process of evolution and human settlement in the form of connected rings from the Achaemenid era to the Parthians and the Sassanid becomes clear.

Pointing to the discovery of an area with column and column pillar in the course of the exploration studies, he also referred to the discovery of another area with two columns without pillars, adding that the columns were circular and built over plaster floor.

He further remarked that the archeological team in the southern part and parts of the northern side of the area discovered burials, adding that in the northern part the burial of a tall adult was discovered which was laid down on the side in the northwest-southeast direction.

Hassanpour reminded that along these burials the Sassanid clay works were found in abundance but said the final diagnosis of the of the period the dead bodies belonged to will be shown after the carbon 14 test.

Therefore, he added, the clay works discovered in the exploration with the help of archeological studies and analysis of the architectural environment can be effective in further identification of the less recognized and dark period of the Achaemenids in Lorestan.

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