Behzad Ali-Talesh, head of the archeology team, said on Saturday that the ancient site of Masoumzadeh on a natural hill on the south-southeast direction of the present city of Bojnourd, the center of North Khorasan Province, is located in the urban texture and currently about 6/5 hectares of which have been protected by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism General Department of North Khorasan Province.
He further remarked that the monument was first identified by Dr. Negahban in 1346 (1965) and was registered in the list of National Monuments under the number 708 and later probing explorations were conducted to determine its limits.
The archeologist noted that the expanded exploration of the site was launched in a 500-square-meter workshop at the north-easternmost part of the site and despite the fact that explorations in the workshop have not been completed yet, so far evidence dating back to the second up to the eighth centuries Hegira have been identified.
According to him, three architectural stages attributed to the aforementioned periods have been identified which include brick columns, stone, adobe and stratiform structures.
He added that the discovery of the octagonal structure which is made of the layered stones with clay mortar is among the most significant findings of the exploration operations.
According to the head of the team, exploration in Masoumzadeh Hill will continue until reaching the virgin soil.
Salvation exploration operations on Masoumzadeh Hill in Bojnourd, North Khorasan Province, was conducted with a permit received from the head of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT).