Archaeologists return to historical city of Decius

March 17, 2009

TEHRAN -- A team of archaeologists has recently commenced the fourth season of excavations at the historical city of Decius in Kerman Province, southern Iran.

Dating back to the Saffarid Dynasty, one of Iran’s oldest mosques, located in the city, is currently being excavated during this season, team director Hamideh Chubak told the Persian service of CHN on Monday.
Saffarids were an Iranian dynasty of lower class origins that ruled a large area of eastern Iran during the 9th century CE.
The team also has been scheduled to demarcate the city of Decius and to study industrial workshops located in the site, she added.
Chubak noted that there is no scientific basis for naming the site Decius. People of the region have selected the name for the site because of its historical importance.
About 400 square meters of the mosque have been unearthed during previous seasons of excavation.
The city covers 12 square kilometers, 2000 square meters of which have been studied previously by archaeologists, who believe that 100 years will be required to completely excavate the site.
Decius was one of Iran’s trading and economic poles, having connections with eastern countries. Marco Polo, the world famous Venetian traveler, also refers to Decius in his travelogue as a large and glorious city of the time.