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Numerous finds from medieval castle in northern Iran

The third season of archaeological excavations in the ancient zone of Natel in the city of Nour (in northern Iran) has resulted in the discovery of several architectural remains of a castle, pottery dated from the tenth century CE onwards, and a glass seal with inscriptions in Kufic, it was reported on Friday.

Numerous finds from medieval castle in northern Iran
The seal found with Kufic inscription found in Nour [Credit: IRNA]
Head of the excavations team Abdolreza Mohajerinejad was quoted by the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism as saying that this year's third season of archaeological excavations were conducted in the ancient zone of Natel in the village of Natel Kenar Olia, in the city of Nour, in northern Iran.

The castle, attributed to the Safavid era (1501–1736 AD), consists of a central building and a bath. Remains of the castle walls have ditches dug for defensive purposes. The main construction materials used are large and medium-sized pebbled river stones, used both in the flooring and for the walls.

The central building is rectangular with a wall in the form of porch. Other parts of the castle consist of such features as a water reservoir, and a hexagonal shaped pond with brick walls and floor.

Archaeologists also discovered remains of a furnace which might have been used for glass production, as indicated by distorted remains of glass vessels found inside it.

Source: IRNA [December 31, 2016]

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