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News number: 8805250687

13:11 | 2009-08-16

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Iranian Archeologists Find Structures Dating Back to Parthian Era

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian archeologists working at Ultan Qalasi fortress in Ardabil Province, northwest of the country, found some structures dating back to the Parthian and Islamic eras.



"Excavations yielded numerous plaster-covered rooms, fireplaces and ovens dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries," Abdolreza Mohajerinejad, an archeologist said.

He also reiterated that the archeologists found a cemetery in the Ultan Qalasi fortress that dated back to the Islamic era.

Further, they managed to find a number of bathrooms in the houses and lavatories which were built similar to modern toilets.

Located in the southeast of Parsabad in the Moghan Plain, Ultan Qalasi fortress spans an area of over 40 hectares and its substantial fortifications remained in use until the 18th century.

Previous studies showed that the Ultan Qalasi area had twice been flooded by the Aras River during the Sassanid era. The ancient city of Ultan Qalasi is said to have been ruined by the second flood.