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Graves with Ascent Designs Discovered near Salasel Fortress

Tehran, 12 February 2006 (CHN) -- Archeological boring pits in the southern shell of Salasel Fortress in the city of Shustar in Khuzestan province resulted in the discovery of an Islamic graveyard belonging to the middle Islamic period (1050-1450 AH). The design of a flying bird, four swords and daggers and a shield was carved on one of the graves of this cemetery.

"Digging boring pits in southern shells of Salasel fortress resulted in the discovery of an Islamic graveyard belonging to the middle Islamic period. The designs carved on the graves of this cemetery are symbols of death and ascending to god," said Hassan Derakhshi, head of excavation team in Salasel Fortress.

"The boring pits were dug at a distance of 120 to 130 meters to the fortress to determine the vicinity of the cemetery. The cemetery is situated on a cliff and there is no other layer beneath it. The gravestones of this cemetery are made of grit stones," added Derakhshi.

According to Derakhshi, most of the unearthed clays in the boring pits date back to the Ilkhanid (1256-1353 AD), Timurid (1370-1506 AD), and Safavid (1501-1736 AD) eras. There are also some clays belonging to the Qajar (1781-1925 AD) and Pahlavi (1925-1979 AD) periods.

Stratigraphical works which have been carried out in Salasel Fortress so far is somehow associated with Qajar's architectural style. "We will continue digging boring pits until we reach the soil to gain more information," said Derakhshi.

No evidence has been discovered that shows the exact date of the construction of this fortress. However, archeologists believe that it could belong to the Sassanid era. Existence of Parthian clays in the area is a strong proof to this claim. Getting help from stratigraphical studies on the inner layers, archeologists are determined to learn more about the various settlements in this area during different periods of time.

Salasel Fortress, located on a height with a view of Shatit River in west part of Shushtar city, has almost been completely devastated due to several conflicts in the region and natural disasters such as floods and earthquake. Yet it remains a precious source of information for archeologists who have thus far found numerous evidences in this ancient fortress.

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