latest round of excavations at the historical site of
Sivand Pass (also known as Bolaghi) located in the
neighborhood of Pasargad, Fars province indicated that
villagers living in the area constructed their houses
based on models for Pasargad Imperial palaces.
According to CHN, excavations during the past one and a
half months carried out jointly by an Iranian team led by
Alireza Asgari and an Italian team under the supervision
of Professor Caliari along an 18-kilometer stretch of
Sivand Pass have led to surprising findings.
Ruins of 30 ancient homes dating back to the Achaemenid
era indicated that the villages in Sivand Pass, nine
kilometers from Pasargad palaces, were the nearest to the
Asgari said that houses in the villages were modelled
after Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) palaces and every house
had a central courtyard and a porch.
He said that two foundations and columns of a house were
also unearthed. “The wooden columns were decomposed,
however, their foundations of the columns still remained
intact indicating the style of architecture used in
constructing the houses,“ he added.
Asgari said that it is the first time that the ruins of a
village in Sivand Pass are being unearthed.
He said that stones were used in the construction of
houses in the village. The surfaces of the stones,
measuring 80 centimeters to one meter wide, reveal
Sivand Pass extends over an area of two hectares of which
archeologists have only excavated 600 square meters.
Asgari said that several tools have also been found at the
site. They include hand-operated machine for spinning wool
and making thread, millstone to turn wheat to flour,
marble bowl and shields used by soldiers in fighting the