pipes dating to the late Achaemenid era to the
beginning of the Sassanid era have been unearthed
in the historical site of Bolaghi Gorge, where
multinational teams are working to save the
ancient heritage before the flooding of the newly
constructed Sivand Dam.
Bolaghi Gorge is located 4 kilometers from the
World Heritage Site of Pasargadae in Fars
province, and is believed to be the location of
the King Road which was the major archaeological
road of Ancient Persia. Remains dating to the cave
dwelling time, to the prehistoric times up to the
Islamic times, have been found there.
The discovery of the pipes came as a result of
excavations by a joint team of Iranian and Polish
archaeologists. Dr Barbara Kaim, from the
Institute of Archeology at Warsaw University, who
heads the Polish experts working in Bolaghi Gorge,
sees the discovery as an extraordinary one.
“Salvation excavations at the site no. 64 led to
the discovery of several pieces of gray clay pipes
of 30 caliber,” explained Kaim, adding that the
discovery have changed the view of archaeologists
toward the site, “before the excavations, we
thought we were working on a small village, but
with this recent discovery, we are identifying it
as a larger major village or even a small town.”
According to Iranian head of the joint team, Ali
Asadi, the pipes were used for irrigation and
Iranian and foreign experts are carrying out a
salvation project in Bolaghi Gorge, identifying so
far more than 129 historical sites.