bases are from three of the four columns, which were
located at the main gate of the palace. Archaeologists
have not yet found the fourth one,” Ali-Akbar Sarfaraz
bases were made using the same black and white stones
which were used in the main hall of the palace, but
artistically they are very similar to the bases of
is no exaggeration to say that the bases are unique and
unparalleled in the art of masonry. They have been so
finely crafted that you think of lathe workshops or
plasterworks,” Sarfaraz said.
skill and sense of aesthetics used to make the bases has
surprised experts, making them wonder what artists with
what tools cut the stones in such a way that has never
been seen, even in Persepolis, the main capital of the
Achaemenids, he added.
the experts working on the project, including Italian
archaeologist Professor Peter Francesco Carrieri, have
been astonished by the precision and attention to detail
used in cutting the bases,” Sarfaraz said.
to Sarfaraz, the ground near the gate of the palace had
been covered with a glaze of silica, and Carrieri believes
this technique is unique to the site.