Rashid Beigi said that the stone column was discovered during the
pre-construction stage of a shopping center.
stone column, which is called a torus, has a diameter of 118 centimeters
and a height of 15 centimeters,” he stated, adding that the column is
being renovated by the research center and will be put on display at the
to Herodotus, Ecbatana became the capital of the Medes in the late 8th
century BC, although some historians believe the city was founded in the
first millennium BC. During the Achaemenid era, it was the summer capital
of the Persian Empire and the site of an important treasury, which was
later looted by Alexander. Ecbatana was the satrapal seat of the province
of Media from Achaemenid to Sasanian times.
believe that the black granite column is probably from the Palace of
Artaxerxes II, a monument built during the Achaemenid dynasty and
mentioned in a Hegmataneh inscription kept at the National Museum of Iran.
no trace of the palace had ever been discovered before, Beigi added.
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) has announced that it
will allocate funds to purchase the land where the ruins of Ecbatana are