Preliminary Report of 16th Season of Excavations at Tepe Hegmataneh; Hamedan

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Archaeology, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran

2 University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Archaeology, Islamic Azad University, Abhar Branch, Iran


The archaeological campaign of the 16th season of excavations in Tepe Hegmataneh intended to explore the architectural
structures belonging to the historical period. The excavated area consists of 4 squares including AJ45, AJ46, AK45,
and AK46 with a total size of 400 m2 . Excavations in these squares recorded 55, 54, 105, and 116 loci respectively.
The architecture belonging to the historical period was uncovered at an average depth of 4.00 cm from BM1, and after
clarifying the spaces, determining the condition of the floors and revealing the façades of the walls, the excavations
in the squares was completed. A suite of architectural spaces appeared through excavations in these squares. Though
there were slight differences, the plan was similar to the standard one suggested by Mohammad Rahim Sarraf. The
revealed architecture includes one passage, three complete spaces, and parts of three other spaces. Based on the results
of thermoluminescence experiment, it is rejected not only that this architecture belongs to the Medes, but also that its
belonging to Parthians must be reconsidered.