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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The remains of a colossal palace dating back to the Achaemenid dynasty unearthed in the Bolaghi Valley near Pasargadae in Fars Province.
team of Iranian and French archaeologists currently working at the site
discovered the remains of a palace which they surmise belonged to Darius the
leader Mohammad-Taqi Ataii said that before the excavations at Site 35 of the
Bolaghi Valley, geophysical tests had shown that there might be a huge monument
shards discovered at the site resemble Achaemenid dynastic era earthenware, he
archaeological team began their second stage of excavations at the site a while
ago, hoping to unearth a relatively intact monument, but unfortunately, we found
that there had been illegal excavations at the site.
team discovered that the foundation of the palace was made of soil and sand.
They also later discovered the base of a column that was made in the shape of an
inverted bell, similar to those found at Persepolis.
column was made of Majdabad black stone (which was also used at Persepolis). The
base of the column is 35 centimeters in height and 50 centimeters wide.
small size of the column base indicates that they (the column bases) were used
for wooden columns and capitals,” he explained.
decorations on the base show that they were used for porticos, since the
Achaemenids made use of decorated columns for porticos and simple ones were used
inside the halls.
later found three backed-brick walls which were partly destroyed, but we hope to
discover the plan of the palace through these walls. Approaching the center of
the palace, four column bases were discovered, showing that it is a hall,” he
of large jars and earthenware water bottles found at the site indicate that
soldiers were once stationed in the palace, he noted.
said that the palace is located far from the Sivand Dam and will not be
submerged after the reservoir is filled, but will be damaged over the years by
the high level of humidity.
archaeological team will continue their excavation activities at the site until
dam was scheduled by Islamic regime to come on stream on February 1, 2006, but
as the result of pressure from ICHTO and public the start-up was
postponed and no new date has been set.
part of the renowned imperial road to Persepolis and Susa, the Bolaghi Valley
also contains sites from the Neolithic and Palaeolithic periods and the Sasanid
believe that the water stored in the Sivand Dam’s reservoir will increase
humidity, which will later damage the foundations of the palaces of
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