0811 GMT September 18, 2021
An excavation in the northwestern province of Ardebil led to finding evidence of Seljuk-era (990–1063) architectural structures in a historical site.
According to an official from the province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department, the excavation in the historical site of Ojaq Artaville, which is within the area of Artaville Tire Company, led to this discovery, CHTN reported.
In order to determine the layers and their range in this historical site, the first phase of the excavation was done by digging trenches, Saeid Sattarnejad said on Tuesday.
The archaeologist added that the results of excavation of trenches showed that this area was used seasonally in the Islamic Middle Ages.
Mentioning that evidence of Seljuk-era architectural structures was discovered in the excavated trenches, he explained these architectural structures are in the form of slate with mud mortar and are built directly on the natural bed.
Sattarnejad also referred to several graves belonging to the Islamic Era in the southern half of the area, which is famous among the people as Ojaq, saying that the bones in them have been severely damaged.
He concluded that in chronological studies of the Ardebil Plain, the results of the excavations in the historical site of Ojaq Artaville are important in understanding the status of settlement patterns of the plain in the Islamic Middle Ages.