The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A red floor which dates back to the reign of Darius the Great was recently unearthed in the treasury of Persepolis, the Persian service of CHN reported on Wednesday.
working on Persepolis were not aware about the floor, which was discovered while
gardeners worked on the green area over top of one section of the old treasury.
present, the area of the floor measures five square meters. It dates back to
Darius the Great,” curator of the Persepolis site-specific museum Mohammad-Taqi
to Ataii, the discovery confirms the view of German archaeologist Erich
Frederich Schmidt about the dimensions of the treasury at the time of Darius I.
Schmidt excavated Persepolis in the mid 1930s.
studies show that the Achaemenid’s revenues increased during the reign of
Xerxes I, son of Darius the Great, so he expanded the treasury area, which was
located on the eastern side of Persepolis and also allocated a part of the area
for the ladies of his court.
archaeologist Ernest Hertzfeld converted the women’s quarter into a
site-specific museum and an office for managing the site. Consequently, the
floor remained buried and now it has been uncovered from under the grass,”
explained Ataii, who is also an archaeologist.
had previously unearthed pillars of the women’s quarters of the Xerxes Palace
and established the museum in 1931.
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