Numerous finds from a castle in northern Iran

Archaeological investigation in the village of Natel Kenar Olia, by the city of Nour, northern Iran, resulted in numerous finds, among which are different architectural remains, including establishment of a castle, pottery dated to of the 3rd-4th centuries, and a glass seal with inscriptions in Kufic.

The seal found with Kufic inscription found in Nour (by Islamic Republic News Agency)

Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts and consists of a modified form of the old Nabataean script. The glass seal dates to the 4th century AD. The castle is dated to the Safavid era (1501–1736 AD). It consists of a a central building and a bath. Remains of walls of the a castle have ditches dug for defensive purposes. The main construction materials used are large and medium-sized pebbled river stones, used both in the flooring and for the walls.  The central building is rectangular with a wall in the form of porch. Other parts of the castle consist of such features as a water reservoir, and a hexagonal shaped pond with brick walls and floor and a water storage built with pebbled river stones. Archaeologists also discovered remains of a furnace which might have been used for glass production, as indicated by distorted remains of glass vessels found inside it.

(after Islamic Republic News Agency)

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