The old 70-mile-long wall was found in the West of Iran. But who built it?

This satellite image was taken on July 31, 2019 at the latest, by the WorldView-2 satellite. The red arrow indicates a remaining part of the Gawri Wall. (Credit: 2019 Maxar Technology

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a stone wall in Iran, to the length of the famous Hadrian’s Wall, which was built in England by the Romans.

The wall extends for 71 miles (115 km), which was found at the Sar Pol-e Zahab County, in the west of Iran.

“With an estimated volume of around one million cubic metres of [35,314,667 cubic metres] of stone, it would be of considerable resources in terms of personnel, equipment, and time,” said Sajjad Alibaigi, a doctoral student in the department of archaeology at Tehran University, in an article published online in the journal Antiquity. The structure runs north-south from the Bamu Mountains, in the north, to an area in the vicinity of the Zhaw Marg village in the south of Alibaigi the book.

The pottery was found on the wall suggests that it was built sometime between the fourth century bc. and in the sixth century A. D., Alibaigi the book. “The remains of the structures, now destroyed, is visible in places along the wall. These are the paired turrets [small towers], or the buildings,” said Alibaigi, noting that the wall itself is made out of natural, local materials such as stones and pebbles, plaster, and mortar is to survive in the place.”

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Even though the wall’s existence was unknown to archaeologists, who have to live near it has long been well-known all over the walls, and called it the “Gawri Wall,” Alibaigi the book.

A spokesperson for the world, said that since the Alibaigi’s paper, which was published in the journal, it has been learned that a group of archaeologists from a previous study carried out on the wall, and that the research was never published in a journal.

The mysterious wall is

Archaeologists are not sure about it, that is, the structure, and for what purpose. Due to the poor preservation of the barrier, the scientists are not sure of the exact width and height. Their best estimates put it at 13 feet (4 meters) wide and about 10 feet (3 m) in height, ” he said.

“It is unclear as to whether it is defensive or symbolic,” said Alibaigi, noting that it would be able to mark out the borders of an ancient kingdom, might be known as the hians, (who flourished 247 B. C. and A. D. 224), or of the Sassanians (A. D. 224-651). The two houses in the west of Iran, and built large castles, cities, towns, and irrigation systems, and, therefore, it is reasonable to assume that both had the resources to build the Gawri Wall, ” wrote Alibaigi.

The newly discovered Gawri Wall, it is not the only one, old, long, wall, in, Iran. Archaeologists have discovered similar structures in the northern and north-eastern parts of the country. It had a defensive purpose.

Alibaigi hopes to carry out more research into the Gawri Wall, and in the future, ” he wrote. He did not respond to requests for comment.

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