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Finds Show Dates Were Part of Achaemenid Diet
Iranian archaeologists have recently found a great number of date stones
in the ducts of the sewage system of Persepolis, which indicates that
dates were part of the Iranian diets at the time of Achaemenid dynasty.
The archaeologists are currently involved in a project meant to
identify the typical cuisine of the Achaemenid era.
“With sieves and water we separate the seeds of plants from the
Achaemenid era, and then the seeds are studied for identification,” said
Alireza Asgari, an archaeologist from the Parseh and Pasargadae Research
Foundation, which is working on the project.
“We have identified a great number of date stones during our
experiments. These seeds show that dates were are a staple of the
Achaemenid diet,” he added.
Studies are still underway to identify the other seeds found in the
Dates have been depicted in the bas-reliefs of Persepolis. Many of the
bas-reliefs show Achaemenid officials with dates in their hands. In
addition, many Achaemenid bas-reliefs and seals, which have been
discovered at other sites over the years, bear motifs of dates and date
The sewage system constructed beneath the palace of the ancient capital
of the Achaemenid dynasty had a very systematic structure. About two
kilometers of the sewer line were discovered during previous excavations.
The ducts vary from 60cm in width and 80cm in height to 160cm in width and
8 meters in height.