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Persepolis Architects Were Geologists, too


News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty (550 - 333 BCE)

 23 December 2005



persepolis_aerial.jpg (66809 bytes)Archeological research indicates that the builders of the historic city of Persepolis which was constructed during the Achaemenid era (about 500 BC) used knowledge about sciences such as geology and mineralogy as well as subterranean water resources in building the city.

A geologist working at Persepolis, Azam Zare’, noted that archeological team at Persepolis came to this conclusion after inspecting a number of stone quarries located in the vicinity of the archeological site, CHN reported.

“The inspections resulted in identifying stone mines in Rahmat Mountain, Majdabad and Sivand Mine. A thorough examination of mines and stones used in the construction of Persepolis shows a majority of stones used in Persepolis came from Majdabad Mine and Rahmat Mountain,“ she pointed out.

Zareh noted that an important question that comes to one’s mind is why Achaemenid builders used stones from two different mines which were too far away from each other.

“Rahmat Mountain is very near to Persepolis while Majdabad Mine is further away. Furthermore, Sivand Mine is nearer to Persepolis than Majdabad Mine. After examining the stones from three mines, researchers found out that the quality of construction stones from Rahmat Mountain and Majdabad Mine were better. This is while the quality of stones extracted from Sivand Mine was not acceptable for the construction of Persepolis,“ she concluded.



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