Ancient Parthian Capital Unearthed
The Parthian Empire of the 2nd and 1st Centuries, B.C., controlling what is now modern Iran and Iraq, rivaled even Rome in its grandeur for a space of time in history. Italian archaeologists in Turkmenistan are currently excavating the remains of what was once the great ancient capital of the Empire. Known as Old Nisa, the excavators are uncovering a fortified complex with well-preserved walls six to eight meters high. Monumental buildings, mausoleums and shrines, inscriptions and a treasury, among many other finds, have also been uncovered. Much more is expected to come to light.