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Archaeologists to Reopen Persepolis Ancient Sewage System

 

03 July 2005

 

 

Archaeologists plan to remove the sediment in the sewage system beneath the Persepolis complex, a member of the archaeological team said on Sunday.

 

Archaeologists from the Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation are determined to continue the work they began two years ago, Ali Asadi added.

 

The sewage system constructed beneath the palace of the ancient capital of the Achaemenid dynasty had a very systematic structure. About two kilometers of the sewer line were discovered during previous excavations. The ducts vary from 60cm in width and 80cm in height to 160cm in width and 8 meters in height.

 

“Archaeologists are determined to reopen the main exit and prepare the way for making use of the ducts after 2500 years,” Asadi said, adding that over 200 meters of the ducts will be dredged during this stage.

 

Since the sediment has not been removed from the sewage ducts, water gathers at the Persepolis complex during the rainy season, which is a major threat to the structure, archaeologist Hassan Rahsaz said on Sunday.

 

In December 2004, archaeologists found a part of one leg of the throne of Darius the Great during their excavations at Persepolis .

 

The team found a piece of lapis lazuli during their excavations of the sewage line that passes under the treasury in southeastern Persepolis .

 

The studies on the artifact over the past year led archaeologists to surmise that the gemstone had probably been a part of a leg of the throne of Darius.  

 

 

 

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