After receiving adequate funds, archeologists plan to completely unearth the historical city of Shadyakh, northeast of Iran, in two weeks, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.
The latest round of excavation was scheduled to begin on August 9, but was postponed due to the lack of funds. "A lavish mansion, south of the city, is slated to be dug out in a couple weeks. The mansion, supposedly built on an old public bath, would be then open to visitors," said Rajabali Labbaf Khaniki, head of the excavation team.
Archeologists have already unearthed the old embankments and mud-brick fences of Shadyakh, near Nayshabour, as well as a pottery pipeline to carry water around the town, with an estimated area of 28 hectares.
Now that Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization has allocated $5 million for the project, experts predict that they would identify all passageways and alleys of the city, dating back to 13 centuries ago when it was an administrative capital.
After the death of Genghiz Khan the kingdom was divided amongst a number of feudal landlords until the conquest of Persia by Hulakoo Khan, the grandson of Ghengiz Khan (d.1226), in 1230. Persia was then ruled by the Il-Khans (literally the Lords of the world), of whom the most important from an architectural point of view was Oljeitu Khan (also known as Sultan Muhammad Khoda-bandeh - the slave of God).
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