a bid to scrutinize the 2,500-year-old city of Parse, the
Achaemenids’ capital, Iranian archaeologists are going to
conduct geophysical surveys on a 400-hectare patch of the
Dating from the Achaemenid dynasty (559-330 BC), Parse consists
of a thorough set of structures and relics, including
Persepolis, palaces, fences and utility services. It is believed
the city was built on the orders of Darius the Great in 518 BC.
Parse in general and Persepolis in particular have been
extensively excavated over the last century, though there are
many unexplored areas in the site.
“Geophysical surveys will begin in a month in order to draw up
a complete map of the city,” said Mohammad-Hassan Talebian,
head of Pasargadae and Parse project, indicating the new series
of studies would be carried out by Iranian experts alone.