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Archaeological explorations start at Sassanid site in southern Iran


The first season of explorations started in Koleghan site in Qeshm Island embodying works from the Sassanid era.

Archaeological explorations start at Sassanid site in southern Iran
Credit: IRNA
The study aims at organizing and clarifying the surface architectural spaces, finding out the relationship between the entrance steps in the northern side and structures of buried architecture, exploring and draining the water reservoirs and determining the limits of the site.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted Parsa Qasemi, head of the first season of archaeological explorations as saying on Monday that the Koleghan site is one of the coastal regions in the Qeshm Island which, based on the surface evidence, used to be a residential area in the historic and Islamic eras.

Archaeological evidence in the Koleghan site include remains of buried stone and local plaster mortar which have taken shape on the surface of a rocky bed.

“Most of the architectural remains in southwestern and western sides are visible and surface evidence is indicative of the existence of alleys and streets in the north-south direction,” he added.

Referring to the scattered cultural remains of the historic and Islamic eras, including glass, clay works, etc., Qasemi said in the northern side of the site there is a canal dug by hand in the east-west direction with a depth of 2.5 meters and a width of about 4 meters the eastern end of which is wider than its other parts.

He reiterated that existence of the three water reservoirs in the site is indicative of the fact that the inhabitants of Koleghan used rain water for drinking.

Qasemi noted that such a water structure has been built in different historical periods, particularly in the Sassanid era and within the realm of the empire.

He also referred to the remains of the round and semi-round towers made of stone and local plaster mortar beside the water reservoirs and the hand-dug canal.

Source: IRNA [December 19, 2017]

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