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Ruins of Achaemenid Gardens Discovered Near Persepolis




27 September 2005



Archaeologists of the Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation have recently discovered the ruins of Achaemenid gardens near Persepolis at a site named Pardis, the Persian service of the Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency reported on Tuesday.


The discovery was made through the use of geophysical equipment.


Some parts of the ruins were damaged in 1971 during the celebration of 2,500 years of Imperial Regime in Iran.


There had been a trend toward the establishment of splendid gardens during the Achaemenid era, which is believed to have been originated by Cyrus the Great. Dubbed Pairidaeza, the gardens were established beside the Achaemenid palaces. The word “paradise” has been derived from the Avestan Persian word Pairidaeza.


“Today, geophysical equipment enables us to discover some artifacts and architectural structures buried under the upper level of ancient sites without excavation. This equipment shows that there are ruins of a number of gardens in Pardis which date back to the Achaemenid era,” Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation Director Mohammad-Hassan Talebian said.


“We have also identified the irrigation canals of the gardens. A similar system had already been discovered near Pasargadae, by which the myth of the Pairidaeza of Cyrus the Great came true,” he added.


The site had been seriously damaged before the Islamic Revolution by the royal tents pitched for the 2500-Year Celebrations. In addition, the damage has been intensified since some parts of the site were covered with asphalt after 1979 Revolution, Talebian explained.


“If adequate funds are provided, our foundation will begin excavations at the Pardis site,” he said


The foundation plans to set up a tent at the ancient site in order to introduce it to visitors of Persepolis. The tent will be set up in the place where the royal tents had previously been pitched to prevent further destruction of the site.  




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