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Clay Offerings Discovered in Persepolis Sewage System


 11 August 2005



Excavation and dredging in the sewage system of Persepolis historical site in Fars province have led to the discovery of potsherds similar to those engraved on the palaces’ walls.

One hundred pieces of potsherds discovered in the sewage canals of Persepolis are similar in form to the vessels and pottery engraved on the walls of the complex. These vessels are what are known as gifts offered to the Achaemenid Kings during special ceremonies.

The sewage system of Persepolis, 2 kilometers of which has so far been identified and is currently under survey, includes systematically designed canals that range between 60- 160 cm in width and 80 cm -8 m in height in different sections. The width of the canals enables the archaeologists to move around easily in many areas.

According to head of the excavation team of the sewage system, Alireza Asgari, the potsherds are very similar to the clay pieces seen on the offering ceremony engravings of Apadana hall.

The discovered potsherds are yellow in color and there are no particular designs on them.

The canals are now being cleansed and dredged to be prepared for reuse to conduct surface waters out of the complex. Experts believe the attempt is necessary as part of the preservation project of Persepolis.




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