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Excavations in Pasargadae Resumed after 40 Years


09 October 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Some 40 years have passed since the latest archeological excavations in Pasargadae historical site were carried out by David Stronach, the British archeologist. Now a team consisting of Iranian and Italian archeologists who have already undertaken 3 seasons of joint archeological excavations in Bolaghi Valley in Fars province, have restarted excavations in Tal-e Takht, the private palace of Cyrus the Great, the founder of Achaemenid Empire, in Pasargadae archeological site.


“Our information about the usage of Tal-e Takht in Pasargadae is mainly based on the archeological findings of the British Institute of Persian Studies which conducted its excavations under the supervision of David Stronach from 1961 to 1963. Therefore, the Iranian-Italian archeology team is intending to restart excavations in the northern part of Pasargadae world heritage site after 40 years to find out more about this historical site,” said Alireza Asgari, Iranian head of the Iranian-Italian joint team.


According to Asgari, archeologists are determined to clarify the details about different periods of settlements in this historical site during the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE), post-Achaemenid (330-150 BCE), the local rulers of Fars province and also during the post-Sasanian period. “We are also seeking to find an answer to why Tal-e Takht was the only place in Pasargadae which was continuously inhabited during different periods of history,” added Asgari.


In his studies, Stronach concluded that Tal-e Takht was constructed by Cyrus the Great for ceremonial purposes on the northern side of Pasargadae Castle and later it was turned into a fortress by Darius the Great who constructed a tower and rampart on it.


Tal-e Takht is Fars province and was considered as the first station on the entrance way of Pasargadae and Bolaghi Valley for caravans coming from Iran’s Central Plateau. It later became a settlement area during the post-Achaemenid period up until 13th century.


During this season of excavations, archeologists are also planning to verify whether Tal-e Takht acted as a station on the route connecting Iran’s Central Plateau to Pasargadae and Bolaghi Valley or not.

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Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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