has been studying on the project over the past year. “The treasure is of
such a high value that some experts believe they are not original. I have
carefully examined all the coins and found no false and inconsistent
sample, and I will announce it in the conference by offering adequate and
of Daryaii’s article at the conference will also reveal the fact that
the treasure belongs to the Iranian art and civilization.
oldest item of the treasure dates back to the Achaemenid era. The coins
are all in one shape and also belong to the same era,” he said.
treasure is the most important surviving collection of Achaemenid Persian
metalwork. It consists of about 170 objects, dating mainly from the fifth
and fourth centuries BC. This was the time of the Achaemenid Empire,
created by Cyrus the Great (559-530 B.C.), when the Persian’s domination
treasure seems to have been gathered together over a long period, perhaps
in a temple. It includes vessels, a gold scabbard, model chariots and
figures, armlets, seals, finger-rings, miscellaneous personal objects,
dedicatory plaques and coins.
was found on the banks of the River Oxus, probably at the site of Takht-i
Kuwad, a ferry station on the north bank of the river.
May 1880, Captain F.C. Burton, a British political officer in
, rescued a group of merchants who had been captured by bandits while
. They were carrying this rich collection of gold and silver objects with
bought a gold armlet from them, now placed in the
pieces from the treasure subsequently emerged in the bazaars of
. Some of those now being in The British Museum were acquired by
Major-General Sir Alexander Cunningham (1814-93), director general of the
Archaeological Survey of India. Others were obtained by Sir Augustus
Wollaston Franks, who was a curator of the museum and also a generous
due course Franks bought Cunningham's share of the treasure, and
eventually the entire Oxus Treasure was bequeathed by him to the