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Sivand Pass Structures Based on Pasargad Imperial Architecture


News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty

 23 November 2005


The 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 magnificent palace.

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 stonecutting works.

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 enemy.





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