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3000-Year-Old Glazed Bricks Discovered in Iran’s Sardasht

 

3000-Year-Old Glazed Bricks Discovered in Iran’s Sardasht
Archaeological excavations in the Rabat hill of the northwestern city of Sardasht of Iran led to the discovery of glazed bricks from the time of the Mannaean, 8th century BC.

Here is the translation of a report from the Department of Public Relations of the Research Institute of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Crafts and Tourism Organization (ICHO):

Reza Heidari, the head of the fifth season of archaeological excavations in Rabat hill, said that his team has excavated old pottery, architectural remnants and glazed bricks in the site.

Heidari added that the bricks are decorated with geometric, mythological, and human motifs that represent a relationship between neo-Assyrian empire and art and religion.

“Among the ancient objects found on the site are the glazed bricks, the names of the pagan gods of Bel and Nebo and Mannaean kings are inscribed in Assyrian cuneiform,” said Heidari, noting that the excavations in Sardasht Rabat hill started in 2005.

The Mannaeans were ancient people who lived in today’s northwestern Iran, south of the lake Urmia, around the 10th to 7th century BC. Lived. At that time they were neighbors of the empires of Assyria and Urartu, as well as other small buffer states between the two, such as Musasir and Zikirti.

In the Bible (Jeremiah 51:27) the Mannians are called Minni. In the Jewish Encyclopedia (1906), Minni is identified with Armenia.

 

8000-Year-Old Stone Works Discovered in Iran

8000-Year-Old Stone Works Discovered in Iran


40 stone works dating back to 8,000 years ago have been discovered in Chaldoran, northwestern Iran.

“In Chaldoran, northwest Iran, 40 stoneworks were discovered and collected,” said Moharram Abdollahpour, head of the Iranian Office of Cultural Heritage and Handicrafts and Tourism (ICHO) in Chaldoran.
“These stone works were used for cooking, ranching, bathing, marking graves and building in neolithic, prehistoric, Islamic and contemporary periods.”

“Such pieces as stone lion, capital, millstone, gravestone, quarner stone, laver and mower will be publicly displayed in the Chaldoran ICHTO office,” he added.
According to a Farsi report by the IRNA, Abdollahpour further stated that there are more than 100 national monuments in Chaldoran. One of them, the monastery of Saint Thaddeus, was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Chaldoran is named after a historical war between the Iranian army under the leadership of Ismail I, Safavid King and Ottoman forces of Suleiman I in August 1514; In which the lower Iranians were defeated by the large, well-equipped Ottoman army.