Excavations in the Alishah Citadel (Arg-e Alishah) in Tabriz, Northwest Iran revealed Iron Age structures and pottery at the site.
The structure, known also as Arg of Tabriz, is an unfinished 14th-century mausoleum and a 19th-century military castle and barrack in city centre of Tabriz. Archaeologists discovered remains of the watering system in form of two canals, a pressure-breaker pool and several clay water pipes. Moreover, a grave with double burial and a collapsed wall being more than 200 years old was found. The wall’s remains were dated to the Tabriz earthquake 236 years ago. According to the archaeologists the broken clay pieces date to the periods from Ilkhanate (1256–1335/1353 AD) up to Qajar dynasty (1789–1925 AD) of the Islamic period and two broken clay works were created during the Iron Age. Archaeologists also conducted geophysical measurements that revealed the existence of historical objects in the lower layers and proved the peripheral location of the excavated area.
(after Islamic Republic News Agency)