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Three rock tombs identified in Iran's Tarkhanabad Mound

Archaeologists have come across three rock tombs in Tarkhanabad Mound, south of Sanandaj in the western province of Kurdestan, said caretaker of the project to demarcate Tarkhanabad Mound.

Three rock tombs identified in Iran's Tarkhanabad Mound

Ali Behnia further said that Tarkhanabad Mound was registered as No. 2044 on the National Heritage List in 1998.

He cautioned that the historic mound is exposed to destruction due to illegal construction activities within its precincts.

Therefore, the project to demarcate Tarkhanabad Mound started with the approval and permission of Iranian Center for Archaeological Research, he said.

He added that 13 test pits were dug in various sections of the mound to demarcate its precincts. This provided fresh information about the Islamic era, he added.

The tombs contained human bones, a skull, remains of brick and stone architecture, along with pottery bearing parallel scriptures belonging to the Islamic periods, he elaborated.

Sanandaj is located on a fertile valley in the Zagros Mountains. The city is a major manufacturing and retail trade center with many diverse products, including carpets, cotton textiles, leather, metal ware, cutlery, pottery, wood furniture and wood crafts, milled rice, refined sugar and processed foods. Its old bazaar is noted for Kurdish handicrafts.

Sanandaj is home to the ruins of an ancient fortress, the Dar al-Ehsan Mosque, and Sanandaj Museum.

The region around Sanandaj is known for its numerous caves, hot springs and freshwater lakes, many of which cater for tourists. The topography of Sanandaj is very attractive.

Source: Iran Daily [October 05, 2016]

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