mines, providing metal for the construction of Pasargadae, have
been discovered by a team of Iranian archaeologists.
Pasargadae was the first capital city of the Achaemenid Empire
(559-330 BC) and still bears testament to Persians’
architecture and construction skills. “After discovering the
mines, experts intend to dig them for more clues on the
dynasty,” said Babak Kial, head of the historical site.
The team is more interested in finding the mining techniques
adopted over 2,500 years ago. Metal artifacts unearthed in the
site indicate that those people used to have an advanced metal
Prior to his death, Cyrus the Great founded a new capital city
at Pasargadae in Fars and established a government for his
covered an area almost 1.5 miles in length and included palaces,
a temple and the tomb of the king of kings. The city was built
on the site where Cyrus the Great defeated his grandfather and
last King of Median dynasty, Astyages, in 550 BC.