Working on the Parse-Pasargadae Project, experts found out
stones used in Persepolis had been quarried from some mines
located in the Marvdasht plateau.
“Over the past year, we have discovered 11 mines in the
highland area, all pointing to the fact that they had been the
main source for different kinds of stones used in Achaemenids’
palaces,” said Hamid Amanollahi, head of the research team in
He added the archaeologists are going to continue their studies
on the stones at Shiraz University, south of Iran, to see if the
same quarries have provided construction material for other
historical monuments in the vicinity, including Pasargadae.
Amanollahi noted the results of these studies will be published
in upcoming months.
Persepolis, situated some 40 m. N.E. of Shiraz, not far from
where the small river Pulwar flows into the Kur (Kyrus). The
site is marked by a large terrace with its east side leaning on
Kuh-e Rahmet ("the Mount of Grace"). The other three
sides are formed by a retaining wall, varying in height with the
slope of the ground from 14 to 41 ft-' on the west side a
magnificent double stair, of very easy steps, leads to the top.
On this terrace, there are the ruins of a number of colossal
buildings, all constructed of dark-grey marble from the adjacent
mountain. The stones were laid without mortar, and many of them
are still in situ. Especially striking are the huge pillars, of
which a number still stand erect. Several of the buildings were