Archaeologists discover remains of Parthian City in Iran

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London, October 14 (ANI): A team of archaeologists has discovered the remains of a Parthian city in the North Khorasan Province of Iran.

The discovery and identification of the remains of the city, dating back to Parthian dynasty (248 BCE- 224 CE), has been announced by Mohsen Lashgari, the director of provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organisation.

The ancient fortified city in the trapezoid plan was over 395,000 sq.m and the architectural remains suggest the mudbrick city was planned prior to its construction.

"The city is 1300 meters long, 150 meters wide at the north-east side and 450 meters at the south-western section of the city", said Lashgari.

"The architectural survey shows that the ancient city was planned prior to the construction," he added.

According to Lashgari, "Within 45 days of working on the historical site, the archaeologists have succeeded in identifying the city's fortifications."

The discovery of highly decorated stuccos with patterns of plants and animals demonstrate it was an important city with palaces and worshipping places.

Lashgari reported the discovery of a large amount of earthenware including crock, urns, pitchers, small jars, plates, rhytons and kitchenware.

Among them typical Parthian wares such as Jelingi (Kelingi) and tokhm-e morghi (eggshell) types were also identified.

The city was constructed in 3rd century BCE and might have been the lost city of Dara-gerd founded by the King Tirdad I (Tiridates I).

It seems the city was abandoned after the fall of the imperial dynasty in 3rd century CE, according to Lashgari. (ANI)

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