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Trench Discovered in Bolaghi Gorge
10 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge
led to the discovery of the remains of a long trench belonging to the
post-Achaemenid era. This period was followed by the collapse of the Achaemenid
dynasty in 330 BCE and lasted to the Parthian era in 248 BCE.
“The existence of this trench-like wall was confirmed by geophysical studies
and aerial photographs reconfirmed its existence. Therefore, archaeological
excavations started in area no. 91 of Bolaghi Gorge during which some parts of
the wall was unearthed. What has been unearthed so far is almost 3 meters and 17
centimetres in length and one meters and 60 centimetres in height. This wall was
constructed from rubbles. Based on the archaeological evidence this wall belong
to the post-Achaemenid era, however its usage is not known yet,” said Mojgan
Seyedein, Iranian head of Iran-Germany joint archaeological team in Bolaghi
According to her, geophysical evidence and aerial photographs indicate that the
wall of this trench should have been bigger in size.
Archaeological excavations started in Bolaghi Gorge, located 18 kilometres from
Pasargadae historical site in Fars province, when it was announced that the
inundation of the newly constructed Sivand Dam will pose a real threat to this
historical site which is believed to have been the location of the ancient Imperial
Road and one of the most important historical sites of the Pasargadae Complex.
With inundation of the dam, 130 historical sites unearthed so far in Bolaghi
Gorge, including the newly discovered settlement complexes, will drown. To save
the main parts of Bolaghi Gorge before flooding, some joint teams from Iran and
foreign countries are currently busy with archaeological excavations in this
historical site with the cooperation of Sivand Dam authorities and Bolaghi Gorge
is the Light on the Path to Future"
British Institute of Persian Studies