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8/28/06

Iran: 15 Historical Fortresses Discovered Behind Gotvand Dam in Khuzestan province

Archeological excavations behind Gotvand Dam led to discovery of 15 fortresses belonging to the Parthian, Sassanid and Islamic periods as well as 15 catacombs belonging to the Parthian dynastic era.


Gotvand Dam in Khuzestan

Tehran, 28 August 2006 (CHN) -- Archeological excavations behind Gotvand Dam in Khuzestan province resulted in the identification of 15 fortresses dating back to the Parthian (248 BC-224 AD) and Sassanid (224-651 AD) dynastic eras and the Islamic period (651 AD afterwards).

"Archeological excavations carried out by students of Shushtar Azad University with the aim of identifying the historical sites behind Gotvand Dam led to discovery of 16 Parthian, Sassanid and Islamic fortresses up to the Qajar period (1787-1921 AD). 15 catacombs belonging to the Parthian dynastic era have also been identified in the nearby mountain," said Hassan Derakhshi, archeologist and professor of Shustar Azad University to CHN.

Considering that the discovered archeological remains are located on mountain heights, Derakhshi believes that the construction of dam is of no threat to them. "Nomadic camps are the only places near Karun River which will be submerged after the inundation of the dam. However, these camps belong to the contemporary era and their age does not exceed 80 years," added Derakhshi.

Gotvand Dam is currently under construction on Karun River in Khuzestan province, at a distance of 25 kilometers from the city of Shushtar and near the city of Gotvand. This 178-meter-high dam with the reservoir capacity of 4500 million cubic meters will be the second largest soil dam in Iran.

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