Dahan-e Gholaman an Attraction of Sistan

Dahan-e Gholaman, which is located 2 km from Qala-e-Naw village and 44 km southeast of Zabol city in Sistan and Baluchestan province, was first studied and excavated in 1339 by an Italian archaeologist.

The city is located on a terrace-like height that is 4 to 5 km long. One of the reasons for the construction of this city on the terrace was to prevent the dangers and damages caused by the seasonal and sudden floods of the Helmand River and its sub-branches such as the Senna River.

Another goal was to have and maximize the use of arable land of Dahan-e Gholaman around the terrace for agricultural activities of the people of this city.

The Director-General of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism of Sistan and Baluchestan Province says: “The results of the excavations show that the remains of Dahan-e Gholaman are at least one and a half kilometers long and 300 to 800 meters wide during the Achaemenid period.”

That is, it was in the 5th and 6th centuries BC and lived in this area for 150 to 200 years and had good security. Dr. Alireza Jalalzaei, stating that the point that makes this ancient region important is that the city of Dahan-e Gholaman is the only brick city left from the Achaemenid period.

This city well reflects how ordinary people live and the influence and role of religion in it. It is clear that all kinds of private rituals and private homes of ordinary people can be seen next to large government, public and religious buildings. He adds: “There is a temple in this city that shows the Zoroastrian religion of the people of this region and its importance is such that other buildings built in Dahan-e Gholaman region have been taken from the same temple.” It also shows that religions had a great influence on constructions at that time.