in Dashtestan in the southern province of Boushehr
has led to the discovery of a stone inscription in
New Babylonian language and a relief of the
Achaemenid King, Darius.
The excavation was carried out in Darius palace in
Dashtestan, also known as Bardak Siah Palace, and
led to the discovery of new historical remains.
According to an official with Boushehr ICHTO, Ali
Zakeri, some pieces of the stone southern entrance
of the palace hall, and a column base with an
inscribed line have been discovered.
Although the beginning and end of the inscription
is lost, it still includes some words that are
right now being studied by linguists and scholars
of ancient languages.
The preliminary studies by linguists such as Dr.
Abdolmajid Arfa’i show that the handwriting is
in New Babylonian language.
The stone from the southern port which has also
been unearthed in the excavation in an upside down
position shows Darius’ face, while a servant
holds an umbrella over his head from behind.
The face part of the relief is completely
destroyed, and scholars believe that invaders
ruined the relief before moving on toward
Persepolis, today located in Fars province.
Two large pieces of stone have been discovered in
the land around the port, which are the completing
pieces of the stone inscription and will be put
together during the restoration work.
Bardak Siah Palace was discovered in Dashteshtan
in 1977 by Dr. Ehsan Yaghma’i, who also led the
new series of excavations in the area. The palace
is like Apadana of Persepolis with 36 columns, 16
of which were found in the first season of
The columns were made of wood timbers and were
covered with brick and plaster layers. They have
had capitals resembling eagle and lions, remains
of which including an eye and feather of the
eagle, plus the muzzle and some teeth of the lion
have already discovered.