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Measurement Unit of Achaemenid Era Identified


03 April 2005



Experts of the Pars-e Pasargadae Research Center have identified the measurement unit used in the Achaemenid era as an equivalent to three millimeters.

Achaemenid government is considered one of the most important governments of Iran that ruled the country from 550 BC to 334 BC. During their time, the country flourished in economic, social, and political areas, and tombs and monuments were built by order of the kings. Persepolis, near Shiraz and Pasargadae south of Fars province, Gour Dokhtar in Bushehr, and Apadana in Susa are the most notable of these monuments.

Documentation and studies carried out on the structures of Cyrus Tomb in Pasargadae, Gour Dokhtar, Persepolis, and Darius Tomb in Naghsh-e Rostam, revealed some fixed measures such as 52, 34, and 104. The following mathematical studies led experts to identify the measurement unit of the Achaemenid time as equivalent to 3 millimeters, explained member of the technical board of Pars-e Pasargadae, Majd-ed-din Rahimi.

According to Rahimi, the measure of 52 centimeters is one of the most frequent measures used in Achaemenid structures. Mathematical studies also show that the measurements of the time enjoyed great precision.





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