Islamic-era copper coins discovered in Shahrekord

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TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) – Islamic-era copper coins have been discovered in west-central Iran province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.

The discovery of the coins indicate using the coins had been prevalent still in periods as early as Seljukid and Ilkhanid eras during Islamic period, state news agency IRNA reported.

Cultural Heritage Organization Research House expert Mitra Shateri, who is also head of the first season of archeological explorations in historical Ribat site, said the second season was launched in last October in an ancient hilltop to ‘find insight to the physical remains of the site.’

“An area of 400 square meters the ruins of the monument including chambers and halls which belonged to a greater structure of 100 square meters were uncovered,” said Shateri. “In past years, the operations to dredging of the local qanat system had rendered part of the structure in ruins; recent explorations has bring out of the soil part of a public building complex used as caravanserai or a ribat with special plan consisting of stone foundations, remains of brick walls, kilns and stone storehouses interspersed among the architectural spaces,” she explained.

Shateri also said that Islamic period copper coins, simple glazed pottery items had been uncovered, which she believed was indication that the building complex traced back to Seljukid and Ilkhanid periods and found use as cemetery in later centuries.

“Explorations in the site is an important step to discover and document the remains of caravanserais and to retrieve caravan routes and connecting roads in Islamic and pre-Islamic period in the west-central Iran through finding specific types of plans of caravanserais in Zagros mounts,” asserted the head of archeological expedition. “The site has potentials for designation as a cultural complex for tourism which would also include a green space for camping in addition to a museum which would host the site’s historical objets trouvés,” she proposed.

Ribat historical site is located 15 km east of Shahrekord on the historical route connecting Isfahan with Khuzestan, now in the modern highway connecting Shahrekord to Isfahan. According to sources, it goes back to about 1000 years ago.

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