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Palatial Home Uncovered in Western Iran

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND—The ruins of a 1,400-year-old palatial Sasanian building with five connected halls, two columned halls, and a courtyard have been discovered in western Iran. Its decorative moldings were crafted from stucco in geometric, human, animal, and mythological motifs. The archaeologists also uncovered two pieces of pottery used for writing. One of these ostracons had been engraved with 13 paragraphs, the other with eight paragraphs. The house was probably used during the summer by a noble family living in a nearby city that has been flooded by the recent construction of the Seimareh Dam.