-- Five statues stolen from the historical
Persepolis site, capital of ancient Persia's
Achaemenian dynasty in Fars Province, were
discovered in the city of Dashtestan in this
southern province during the past two days, it was
announced here on Monday.
to a report released by Bushehr police on Sunday,
the city's police forces discovered five statues
including two golden and three silver deer
belonging to the Persepolis in the house of a
resident of Dashtestan. The owner of the house was
also arrested by the forces.
thieves were also arrested by the police forces of
Fars Province, the report said adding that they
confessed that they sold the statues to a local
resident of Bushehr Province, IRNA said.
ruins of Persepolis lie about 640 kilometers (400
miles) south of the Iranian capital of Tehran.
the Great is said to have started building the
site between 518 and 516 BCE, but most of it
perished in flames when Alexander II of Macedonia
conquered and burnt it in 330 BCE.