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8/16/06

Iran: Defensive Wall of a Huge Fortress Discovered in Nader Tepe

Archeologists succeeded in discovering the remains of a defensive wall of a big fortress belonging to the Parthian dynastic era during the stratigraphy works in Nader Tepe.

Tehran 16 August 2006 (CHN)-- Stratigraphy works in vicinity of Nader Tepe historical site led to discovery of the defensive wall of a big fortress dating back to the Parthian dynastic era (150 BC-226 AD). This 40-meter high defensive wall was constructed from 42x42 centimeters adobes with 14 centimeters in diameter.

"This huge wall which is quite unique among all the architectural remains discovered in the area so far, is the most prominent discovery in Nader Tepe which represents the architectural style of the Parthian dynastic era," said Karim Alizadeh, head of stratigraphy team in Nader Tepe historical hill to CHN.

Some other historical evidence such as clays, animal bones, and coal samples of plants have been also found in the vicinity of Nader Tepe historical site which according to Alizadeh, some of the clays have never seen before in any other historical sites in Iran. "The clays unearthed in this layer of stratigraphy look very new and are quite different with the other discovered clays belonging to the same time," added Alizadeh.

According to Alizadeh, no clarified evidence belonging to the Iron Age and the Achaemenid dynastic era has been found so far during the stratigraphy works which means that the settlement in this historical site was somehow interrupted during these two ancient periods.

Surface excavations in Nader Tepe historical hill indicate that this area was settled from the third millennium BC until the Islamic period (7th century AD).

Nader Tepe, which according to some historical texts is known to have a relation with the Nader Shah's throne and was the place of his coronation in 1736 AD as the first Afshar King, is a rich archeological site in Ardabil province, locating close to the border of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Stratigraphy works in this historical site has been started since the beginning of summer and according to Alizadeh, there is a hope to finish the stratigraphy studies of the surface layer during the determined time.

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