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Discovery of an Ilkhanid Fortress in Aveh Historical Site

Archeological and stratigraphy works in Iran's Central Plateau led to discovery of an Ilkhanid fortress and other architectural remains belonging to nearly 700 years ago.

Tehran, 11 July 2006 (CHN) -- After discovering some parts of an Ilkhanid Fortress in Aveh historical site during excavations by archeologists in Iran's Central Plateau, archeologists are hoping to find a city belonging to the Ilkhanid period (1256-1353 AD) there.

Aveh is a unique historical cities in the Central Plateau of Iran which contains a large number of architectural remains dating back to the beginning of the Islamic period in 226 AD to the Ilkhanid period.

"The first season of stratigraphy works in Aveh historical site which was started to trace the link between the residential areas resulted in discovery of some parts of the architectural remains of Aveh Fortress belonging to some 700 years ago," said Hamid Khatib Shahidi, head of excavation team in Aveh historical site and professor of Tarbiat Modares University.

According to Shahidi, a large area of this 220-hectare historical site belongs to the period that falls between the beginning of the Islamic period to the Ilkhanid dynastic era. Based on the evidence, Shahidi has concluded that that some residential settlements might have existed in the area which had been established 7000 years ago. "Locating on an ancient hill which is 5 hectares in area, the remaining parts of this residential area point to its old date which goes back to Calcolithic (copper-stone) age (5500-3000 BC)," added Shahidi.

According to Shahidi, some Mongolian architectural remains such as a room, an entrance door, and stucco have also been discovered in this area. "Based on the discovered evidence so far, we believe that through carrying out systematic archeological excavations in the area, we would find a vast city belonging to the beginning of Islamic period to the Ilkhanid dynastic era in this region. However, at first it is necessary to identify different layers of this historical site and the period they belong to," explained Shahidi.

Shahidi also announced that by declaring their agreement with establishing a permanent research center in this area, Iran's Cabinet Ministers have provided the chance for the University of Tarbiat Modares and the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran to carry out joint archeological research and restoration activities in this area under the supervision of this research center.

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