"After an initial study of the city, which will soon be submerged by the dam, trenches were dug in various sections to acquire as much information as possible in a short space of time. In these trenches we discovered ruins of a dome over a square structure, a house which had obviously been the property of an affluent person, and some of the city's alleyways and passages," he told the Persian service of CHN.
There is some evidence showing that the city had at one time been struck by an earthquake, measuring about 7 on the Richter scale and that this was the probable cause of damage to the domed square structure, Jafari-Zand explained.
"The quake has also damaged the houses, alleys, and the passages, and we surmise that the city was abandoned after the quake. However, it was reestablished during the early Islamic era," he said.
"It seems that the city was gradually established by local people and not based on central government planning. Its geographical position seems to indicate that it was a trade transit point linking the southern ports (in the Persian Gulf) with the Sassanid central authority," he noted.
The Fars Regional Water Company has halted the filling of the dam's reservoir, which had begun in mid-March without the CHTHO's permission, and is financing the rescue excavations of the 350-hectare city and other sites.
Post-Achaemenid lancer bas-relief discovered
Outside the city, the team has also discovered a cliff bearing a bas-relief of a lancer dating back to the post-Achaemenid era, after the Seleucid period.
"The cliff measures 3.3x3.7 meters... The bas-relief depicts a lancer on horseback clad in an Achaemenid-like costume. However, it belongs to the post-Achaemenid era," Jafari-Zand explained.
The bas-relief won't be flooded by the dam, but it has been seriously damaged over the years and needs immediate restoration, he added.
Post-Achaemenid bas-reliefs are rarely found and the lancer is a unique specimen.
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