seems that the ornament was placed on the tip of
an Achaemenid flagpole. Verdigris must be removed
from the surface to determine its use during that
era,” Ehsan Yaghmaii added.
eagle was a symbol of power and wisdom during the
Achaemenid era. The capitals of the palace had
been decorated with the images of eagles and
lions. Pieces of the capitals, including eyes,
wings, fangs, and snouts, have been discovered
during previous excavations. Such images can be
seen at Persepolis as well.
bronze coins were also discovered beside the
to the discovery of a handle of the miniature
dagger, Yaghmaii said, “We have not found the
blade of the dagger, but due to the elegance and
delicacy of the handle, it might have belonged to
a woman of that era.
handle has a hollow gap in its end extending to
where the blade had been installed. Archaeologists
believe that the tube had transferred poison to
the blade. The dagger was very delicate, such that
it would only have been useful with poison,” he
the blade were to be discovered, it would help to
prove whether the theory is correct or wrong,
archaeologists have also discovered some ornaments
made of ivory and several fragments of lapis
lazuli and ironstone with the handle.
archaeological team began the excavations in early
winter under the supervision of Yaghmaii, whose
earlier team had discovered the Darius Palace in
1977. The Darius Palace, also known as the Bardak
Siah Palace, is somewhat similar to the Apadana
Palace in Persepolis. The palace had 36 columns.
Sixteen bases of the columns were unearthed during
the first phase of the excavations. Each column
rose to about 20 to 23 meters.
Siah is located near the city of Borazajan in Iran’s
southern province of Bushehr.
during the Achaemenids’ zenith, the palace had
been destroyed by fire in a war, the
to the region’s extremely hot weather in summer,
the team will be taking a hiatus and will resume
excavations in winter.