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Irrigation Channel Discovered Near Persepolis
27 May 2006
(CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations and geophysical
studies by the joint Iranian-French team in Fars province led to unearthing of
an irrigation channel belonging to the Achaemenid dynastic (550-330 BCE) in an area
between Persepolis and the city of Estakhr (pool) in Fars province.
“The remains of an irrigation channel belonging to the Achaemenid dynastic era have
been discovered in the northern part of Persepolis which according to
geophysical studies must have continued to the Estakhr city. Archaeological evidence shows that this channel was constructed using natural elements.
However, in some parts the channel was blocked by hard cliffs but the people of
the time scraped the stone and by using rubbles they constructed the path of the
channel to direct the water of Polvar (Sivand) River to Marvdasht Plain where
the ancient palace of Persepolis is located,” said Mohammad Feizkhah, Iranian
head of Iranian-French archaeology team in Marvdasht, Fars province.
Last year the remains of another irrigation channel had been discovered in
Persepolis which was used to collect water in the palace. However, this new
discovered channel is longer than the previous one. “This channel is 4 kilometres
in length and is considered a long channel considering the time
during which it was constructed and the limited facilities that were available
at that time. The channel started from Polvar River with a steep slope and the
closer it got to Persepolis, the less steep it became which indicates that the
purpose of its constructors was to speed up the transferring of water to
Persepolis during that time,” added Feizkhah.
Archaeological excavations in Marvdasht Plain in Fars province are currently
being carried out by a joint Iranian-French team. Moreover, a geophysical map is
being prepared by experts which would help the archaeologists get more familiar
with the area near Persepolis. Last year this team succeeded in discovering some
residential settlement areas belonging to the Achaemenid dynasty in this region.
Discovery of a big dam belonging to the same period was one of the other
prominent accomplishments of this team of archaeologists and experts in this
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