excavating Sarvestan Palace, one of the most magnificent
monuments of the Sasanid era (226-651), Iranian archaeologists have unearthed a vast
archaeological site south of Iran.
Housing Iran’s oldest brick cupola, the palace was built
during the reign of Bahram "Gur" (The Zebra-Hunter,
420-438 A.D.) as a leisure mansion. Mehr-Nersi, his well-known
minister ordered the construction of this palace. It has one
entrance corridor (ivan) and the dome is located in the center
of the building.
The new discovery has revealed that the area was inhabited since
6,000 years ago, 4,500 years older than previous estimates, said
Amir Pirooz Daghooghi, project manager. “We have unearthed
earthenware vessels in the site, clearly indicating the area was
inhabitable since the 4th millennium BC,” he added.
Located in Fars Province, it is made of brick, stone and
plaster. Since 1956, major renovations took place. This monument
has been registered on the list of National Monuments of Iran.
The site was just explored prior to the 1979, after which the