studies of the city of Estakhr, where Sasanid
kings held their coronation ceremonies, are to
commence next week.
The director of the Center for Studies of Ancient
Estakhr, Ali Asadi, said on Saturday that the
process would help document the 130-hectare site
“The topographical study will give us more
information about the exact measurements of the
site and its architectural plan,” he noted.
The latest maps of the city were prepared by
French archaeologists between the years 1934 and
1937, but they are not very accurate, so new
topographical studies will be carried out next
week, he added.
Researchers and archaeologists are convinced that
the city was inhabited during the Sasanid and
early Islamic eras, but they are not sure if it
was originally founded during the Achaemenid era
or at a later date.
Artifacts from the Achaemenid era to the early
Islamic era have been found in Estakhr, which is
located near Naqsh-e Rostam in Fars Province. The
ancient site was one of the main ceremonial cities
of the Sassanid monarchs.