(CAIS) -- Geophysical studies have started in Bolaghi
Gorge, while archeologists have studied two and half
hectare of no. 64 area in the cold weather of the winter.
This area belonged to wine production workshops dating
back to the Sassanid era, reported English Service of CHN,
today Sunday, January 29th.
“Once the rain and snow stopped, geophysical studies
were resumed in the no. 64 area of Bolaghi Gorge in order
to finish the process of excavations before the next
raining season. Geophysicists continued their studies for
four days in the severe cold weather under the supervision
of Babak Aminpour. Two and half hectare of this historical
site was studied during that time,” said Ali Asadi, head
of Iranian excavation team in the no. 64 area of Bolaghi
These studies were in the continuation of search to
delimit the fragments of a possible defense wall found in
the region. Such excavations have already been carried out
in the northern area of the region in which residential
units were observed.
Asadi believes that these studies will help archeologists
in choosing where exactly the trenches should be dug in
the next season of excavation to obtain more comprehensive
details and information about the no. 64 area.
This area has already been excavated by a joint
Iranian-Polish team under the supervision of Ali Asadi
from Iran and Barbara Kaim from Poland. The next season of
excavation in this historical site is supposed to start
again by the return of Dr. Kaim to Iran, which most
probably will be during April/May 2006.
Bolaghi Gorge, at the location of the ancient King Road,
is one of the historical sites of the Pasargadae. With the
flooding of Sivand Dam which was recently built in Bolaghi
Gorge, hundreds of historical relics unearthed so far
would have drowned. With the cooperation of Sivand Dam
authorities and Bolaghi Gorge salvation team, some joint
teams from Iran and foreign countries have been busy with
archeological excavations in the site to save the main
remains of Bolaghi Gorge before inauguration of the dam.
Excavations conducted by the Iranian-Polish team in
Bolaghi Gorge led to the discovery of structures used for
wine production. Discovery of new unknown structures
belonging to the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods in this
historical site increase the cultural importance of the
region day by day. Inundation of the dam before completing
the archeological studies in the site would be an
irrecoverable loss of precious items still hidden in the
A joint team of archeologists and experts from Iran and
Germany is also about to start excavations at Bolaghi
Gorge to discover clay workshops estimated to date back to
the 5th millennium BC. Two burnt clay workshops have
already been discovered in the area. It is believed that
some 7000 years ago, Bolaghi Gorge was a center for
producing burnt clays.