Jul 15, 2014, 5:15 PM
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Devin Hill excavations underway

Tehran, July 15, IRNA -- An archeological team from Tehran’s Tarbiat Modarres University is conducting archeological excavations on the ancient hill of Devin 15 km east of Shirvan in the northeastern province of North Khorasan, said the head of Shirvan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department.

Mir-Ali Roj’ati added that the 15-member team has undertaken excavations 47 years after the hill's registration on the National Heritage List.

“Devin Hill was registered at No. 697 on the National Heritage List in April 1967,” he said.

The hill has a height of 10 meters and spread over 450 square meters. Huge mud-bricks measuring 45 meters by 22.5 meters have been found during excavations in the lower parts of the hill.

Roj’ati said they resemble bricks discovered on Sahebkhan Hill in Dargaz, Khorasan Razavi province.

"Red enameled potteries, pertaining to first millennium BCE, have been found on this hill," he said.

Roj’ati noted that the red potteries, which resemble those of Cheshmeh Ali (located in the south of Tehran and north of Rey), are evidence of Devin Hill's antiquity.

"Since the hill had been neglected, villagers destroyed parts of it or constructed houses on top without considering its historical value," he said.

Some 42 historical monuments in Shirvan are registered on the National Heritage List.

Shirvan, with a population of 157,000, is the second most populous city of North Khorasan province.