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Trail of Mongol invasion in ancient city of Belqais, NE Iran

Tehran, Director of the base in the city of Belqais in Esfarayen, North Khorasan, referring to some discoveries in the city, said archeological findings indicate that part of the structure was destroyed in the Mongol invasion.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted Alireza Najafi as saying that among the most important discoveries in the city, and in a part known as Tappeh Menar, reference can be made to a number of brick and gypsum chambers around the central courtyard and a quadrangle building, 8x8 meters, and a wall thickness of 1.60 meters over which probably a dome had been established.

Referring to the discovery of some parts of the structure of the building, including the veranda, the corridor decorated with plaster work and a number of chambers, in archeological exploration in the preceding seasons, Najafi said archeological findings in this section indicate that this structure had been likely destroyed by the Mongols and then turned into an industrial environment (furnaces for forging and pottery making) and the trend continued up to the beginning of Sarbedaran rule.

He pointed to a number of rooms with stone foundations and stratiform wall as the most important discoveries inside the citadel which he said were the continuation of the structures which had been discovered previously and most of which had been destroyed during unauthorized excavations.

Among the most important remains inside the citadel after the destruction caused by unauthorized excavations and construction in numerous periods, he also referred to the water supply structure including one octagonal and one quadrilateral ponds with a brick waterway inside the central courtyard.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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