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Ancient 70-mile-long wall found in western Iran

Archaeologists have recently discovered the remains of a stone wall, which extends about 115 kilometres, in Sar Pol-e Zahab county, western Iran.

Ancient 70-mile-long wall found in western Iran
This satellite image was taken on July 31, 2019 by the WorldView-2 satellite. The red arrows show
 a surviving section of the Gawri Wall [Credit: © 2019 Maxar Technologies]
“With an estimated volume of approximately one million cubic metres of stone, it would have required significant resources in terms of workforce, materials and time,” wrote Sajjad Alibeigi, an assistant professor of Iranian Archaeology at Razi University in Kermanshah, Iran, in an article published online in the journal Antiquity.

The structure runs north-south from the Bamu Mountains in the north to an area near Zhaw Marg village in the south, Alibeigi wrote.

The archaeologist suggests that wall was built sometime between the fourth century BC and sixth century CE based on potteries found along the barrier.

Ancient 70-mile-long wall found in western Iran
Parts of a newly-discovered stone wall, which is stretched about 115 kilometres, in Sar Pol-e Zahab county,
western Iran [Credit: © 2019 Maxar Technologies]

“Remnants of structures, now destroyed, are visible in places along the wall. These may have been associated turrets or buildings,” Alibeigi cited, adding that the wall itself is made from “natural local materials, such as cobbles and boulders, with gypsum mortar surviving in places.”

Though the wall’s existence was unknown to archaeologists, those living near it have long known about the wall, calling it the “Gawri Wall,” Alibeigi wrote.

Archaeologists, however, are not certain who built the structure, and for what purpose. Because of the poor preservation of the barrier, the scientists aren’t even sure of its exact width and height. Their best estimates put it at 4 metres wide and about 3 metres high, he said.

Archaeologists have previously found similar structures in the north and northeastern parts of Iran which may have had a defensive purpose.

Source: Tehran Times [November 06, 2019]


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