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.
discovery was made through the use of geophysical equipment.
parts of the ruins were damaged in 1971 during the celebration
of 2,500 years of Imperial Regime in Iran.
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.
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.
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.
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.
adequate funds are provided, our foundation will begin excavations at the
Pardis site,” he said
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.