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of Achaemenid Palace Unearthed in Bolaghi Valley
26 May 2006
(CAIS) -- Following the discovery of the remains of a
colossal palace which is believed to date back to the Achaemenid dynastic era
(550-330 BC) and is denoted to Darius the Great, by the Iran-French joint
archaeological team in Bolaghi Valley in Fars province, archaeological research
continued in the area which led to unearthing the remains of the palace.
“Prior to this, the remains of a summer residential palace belonging to the
Achaemenid dynastic era was identified in area no. 85. However, archaeological
excavations show that this palace was destructed due to the later constructions
during the Sasanid and Safavid dynastic periods. Moreover, we were able to find
the remains of an estimated 900-square-meter palace which for sure must have
belonged to the Achaemenid king of kings and for some unknown reason was
destroyed by bulldozers,” said Mohammad Taghi Atayi, the head of Iran-France archaeological
team in Bolaghi Valley in the one-day Bolaghi Valley archaeology seminar which
was held yesterday in National Museum of Iran with the attendance of heads of
Iranian and foreign archaeology teams active in Bolaghi Valley.
Discovery of the base of a pillar and the platform of the palace assured archaeologists
that this palace must have belonged to the Achaemenid dynastic era. According to
Atayi, archaeologists have succeeded in saving some parts of the palace; however
other parts of the palace such as the base of the pillars have been destroyed by
In this one day summit, Rémy Boucharlat, the French head
of Iranian-French joint archaeology team in Bolaghi Valley, issued his report on
their accomplishments in Bolaghi Valley and the discovery of the Achaemenid
palace in this historical site.
Among other participants in this one day seminar were heads of archaeology teams
in historical sites of Kalat Qafkhaneh in Shahrud, Pardis Tepe in Varamin, Iron
age Sang-Tarashan in Khorram-Abad, Parthian Chehr-Abad salt mine in Zanjan, and
Sasanian Bandian Dargaz in Khorasan.
participants presented their reports on their archaeological findings across
Iran. However, the main focus of this seminar was on the discoveries of the
Bolaghi Valley area, especially the newly discovered palace of Darius the Great.
Excavations in Bolaghi Valley started almost two years ago with the aim of
saving the remains of archaeological evidence before the inundation of the
nearby Sivand Dam. Currently, some groups from Italy, France, Germany, Poland,
and a large number of Iranian archaeologists are engaged with rescuing
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