working in Bolaghi Gorge have discovered a clay
container, weighing 120 kilograms, which they
believe is the largest container of all times of
Bolaghi Gorge is located near the world heritage
site of Pasargadae and is believed to have been
the location of the King Road, the most important
ancient road of Persia. It will be going under
water when the newly constructed dam of Sivand is
flooded by next year, and therefore,
archaeologists from Iran and some foreign
countries including France, Germany, and Poland
are right now busy with some salvation projects
The new jug which dates to the late Achaemenid
period or the beginning of the Sasanid times has
been discovered where is believed to have been a
storehouse, explained Ali Asadi, the Iranian head
of the joint team of Iranian and Polish experts
working on the site.
The container weighs 120 kilograms, is 1.4 meter
high and 1.23 meter wide in its body and some
parts of it are still buried underneath the earth.
Other large containers which are just a few
centimeters smaller than the newly discovered one
have previously been found in Estakhr and
Persepolis ancient sites.
According to Asadi, the new jug is almost intact
and just a small part of its body is damaged. The
size of the container suggests that most probably
it was used for storage purposes. It is to be
transferred to Pasargadae Museum to be emptied and
studied after it is completely unearthed.