team of experts from Iran, France and Belgium have unearthed the
relics of 8 Achaemenid dams in the Morghab plain, in southern
Housing ancient empires’ palaces in Pasargadae, the flat land
is one of the most ancient plateaus in the country and archaeologists
have already discovered artifacts dating to
several millennia B.C.
“Since recognizing the irrigation system of ancient people,
especially those living under the reign of the Achaemenid
Empire, is significant, we attempted at discovering archaeological
structures with help of the past research projects
and newly developed tools,” said a French expert with the
The study has led to the discovery of 8 ancient mud-brick dams
and aerial photography and other techniques indicate they date
back from the Achaemenid era, he added. Two of those dams were
over 20 meters tall while the height of the rest was between 8
to 10 meters. Another expert noted that these irrigation dams
had stone floodgates.
The capital and last resting place of Cyrus the Great is
situated in the Morghab plain, some 110 miles north of Shiraz.
Here Cyrus fought and won his last battle against his former
suzerain, the Median king Astyages, in or near the year 550
B.C., and Pasargadae, named for the chief tribe of the Persians,
was built as Strabo relates, as a `memorial to that epic
Pasargadae is an extensive site containing the remains of a
massive platform, the Tall-e-Takhte; the majestic tomb of Cyrus
himself, its foundation taking the form of a high plinth of six
receding steps, upon which rests a gabled tomb chamber; two
palaces; a monumental gate marked by a winged genius, with
Egyptian crown; a royal garden, and an enigmatic tower known as
the Zendan-e-Sulaiman (Prison of Solomon).