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7/24/06

A Parthian Hill Accidentally Discovered in Damavand

A historical hill belonging to the Parthian era (248 BC-AD 224) was accidentally discovered in the vicinity of Elm-o Sanaat University in Damavand.

Tehran, 23 July 2006 (CHN) -- During the first phase of construction works to build a new building for Elm-o Sanaat University in Damavand and when the bulldozers were leveling the ground, the workers accidentally discovered a historical hill in the area which was later confirmed to date back to the Parthian era (248 BC-AD 224).

The case was immediately reported to Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and the organization dispatched a team of experts to study the situation. After examining the surface layer, the experts of the Cultural Heritage Organization approved that this hill must have belonged to the Parthian era.

Following this discovery, the project to extend the University was stopped upon mutual agreements between the University and ICHTO and by allocating some 35,000 US dollars to the project, the emergency excavation in this Parthian hill is expected to start in a very near future.

"Cooperation of the authorities of the University in informing Tehran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of the case immediately is highly appreciated. Their further collaborations with the Organization have provided us the chance to start the excavation and restoration works in the shortest time," said Mohammad Reza Nemati, archeologist from the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Tehran who will be in charge of excavations in this Parthian hill.

According to Nemati, this hill must have been a historical cemetery in which the remains of an architectural construction can be seen. However, he believes that further studies in this historical site would reveal more information about it. Currently, some security measures have been implemented in this historical site to protect it from being plundered by illegal diggers.

The city of Damavand where this ancient hill has been found is located 75 kilometers northeast of Tehran on the slopes of the magnificent Mount Damavand with a pleasant climate that makes it a desirable summer resort. Damavand is a historical city. Its grand Jame Mosque which dates back to the 15th century and a number of shrines in the city are all evidences of its old history.

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