Underground city found in western Iran
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Iran's western province of Hamadan has been an underground city which is believed by archaeologists that these dating back to pre Parthian eras.
Archaeologists found 25 rooms of the underground city, rooms and corridors in a 4 meter deep spot in together in Malayer County in the Hamadan Province.
The hand dug stone structure, which two years ago was first identified, a secret place to be for the execution of Mithraic rituals. "We have found pottery at the site that has been sent for carbon-14 dating tests," said the head of the archeology team, Ali Khaksar.
Archaeologists also found some hurkzit Parthian burials, which suggests the possibility that the place was used as a cemetery by the Parthians. "About 54 human skeletons were found together with some objects were buried," said anthropologist Farzad Forouzanfar.
Investigations also showed that the city was used as a secret refuge during the Seljuk, Ilkhanid, Timurid and Safavid eras.
"The underground city has several entrances and a number of openings on the top made for light and air to be," said Khaksar. "Investigations also revealed that the residents torches and oil lamps used to illuminate the rooms," added he says.