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PHOTOS: The Ancient Samen Underground City In Western Iran

Photos by Abdollah Heidari, Islamic Republic News Agency; report by Financial Tribune

A two-millennia-old subterranean city has been unearthed in Samen, Hamedan Province, after more than a decade of excavations.

see map of Samen

The city, located 400 km west of Tehran, provisionally dubbed the Underground City of Samen, is "under the modern city of Samen," said Ali Khaksar, the head of the provincial office of Iran's Culturally Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.

Speaking to Khabar Online, the official said the ancient city is believed to be around 2,000 years old, built sometime in the transition years between the fall of the Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BC) and rise of the Parthian Empire (247 BC-224 AD).

Excavations began in 2005 and have continued to this day.

The city is made up of interlinked tunnels comprising 25 rooms (which served as houses). Some 60 complete skeletons have been dug up from nine rooms.


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