Mysteries of Persia

A villager has stumbled upon an ancient site near Iran’s Parishan Lake located southeast of Kazerun (Kazeroun) in the southern province of Fars.

The Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the country. It receives only very small amount of water from feeder rivers and the whole lake/wetland is a protected area, as it is considered a globally significant wetland ecosystem.

A local farmer found huge ancient jars and columns of a fortress while expanding his agricultural lands near the lake.

Primary studies showed that the fortress was built during the Sassanid era and the jar was part of the Zoroastrian burials once containing the remains of the dead.

The jar was spotted in the walls of the fortress and no skeletons were found in it, Mehr News Agency reported.

The Parishan Lake, which is one of the most beautiful sites in southern Iran, does not receive enough attention from the country’s cultural heritage officials.

The lake is surrounded by the Zagros Range and its distance from the mountains varies from 500 meters to 5 kilometers. There are also a number of small caves facing the lake on the summit of mount Famour.

Several remains of ancient human habitation have been found around the lake, including an inscription which was recently found to the northwest of the lake.

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