Archaeologists excavate Elamite temple in southwestern Iran

Archaeologists have excavated remains of an ancient structure belonged to an Elamite temple in the Kaleh Chendar region in the Iranian southwestern province of Khuzestan.

The ruins have been unearthed by the Iranian-Italian research team at the Elymais (Elamais) site located near the village of Shami, announced the Iranian director of the team Jafar Mehrkian.

Most parts of the discovered structure were constructed of massive stones in form of a broad platform like those ones used at Persepolis.

The structures also include brick platforms that were usually designed for the ancient temples.

While the first trench of the site was excavated by the Polish-born British archaeologist A. Stein about 77 years ago, the current group dug six trenches at the spot.

“The archaeologists discovered an ancient family grave in the sixth trench which was used by members of a family for about one hundred years during the period,” Mehrkian explained.

“The tomb represents a style of burial. It is a small rectangular room with a stone structure,” he added.

Elymais was a semi-independent state of the 2nd century BCE to the early 3rd century CE with residents who were vassals under Parthian control.

The excavation project in Elymais site was conducted by the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research in collaboration with the Archaeological Excavations and Research Center of Turin in Italy.

By Press TV


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