Archeological excavations in the historic site of Takht-e Soleiman, northwestern Iran, led into discovery of a watermill, believed to be the first one of its kind from the Sassanid period.
Tehran, 17 October 2006 (CHN) -- Archeologists in the historic site of Takht-e Soleiman, located in the Iranian northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, discovered a watermill which is believed to be from the Sassanid dynastic period (224-651 AD). This is the first time that such watermill from this historic period is reported to have been found in Iran.
Regarding the new discovery, Yousef Moradi, head of the excavation team at Takht-e Soleiman said: "This watermill which is dated to late Sassanid period is 17 meters in height and 6 to 7 meters in width ... Water was directed to this mill from Takht-e Soleiman Lake through a canal and entered this watermill from a hillock or a raised ground with a high pressure."
Moradi also said that such structures exist in abundance in the southern Iranian province of Khuzestan; however, since discovery of a watermill from the Sassanid era has never been reported by archeologists anywhere in Iran, the newly found watermill is most probably the first one of its kind which is dated to nearly 17 centuries ago.
The historic Takht-e Soleiman complex, known as Azar-Goshasp Fire Temple in the ancient times, is a major historical site denoted to the Sassanid dynastic period. Azar-Goshasb is the only surviving fire temple of this historic site. It was one of the most prominent religious centers of the Sassanid dynastic era and was used as a place for the kings' coronations. Takht-e Soleiman is located by a lake with the same name which indicates that both fire and water were highly respected by the Zoroastrian Sassanids.
The historical complex of Takht-e Soleiman was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2003.
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