The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Studies
have recently determined that the ceiling of the palace denoted to Darius the
Great in the Bolaghi Valley had been constructed from ash timber.
The research has been
carried out by a U.S. centre for archaeological studies, Mohammad-Taqi Ataii,
director of the Iranian archaeological team working in the valley on the Darius
palace, told the Persian service of CHN on Saturday.
The ruins of the palace
were discovered during archaeological rescue excavations at the Bolaghi Valley,
which were carried out as part of a project to study over 130 archaeological
sites before the filling of the reservoir of the Sivand Dam in southern Iran’s
At present, filling of the
dam reservoir has almost been completed.
“Sometime ago, during
the last phase of excavations, we discovered a large piece of timber at the
ruins of the palace,” Ataii said.
“The item was sent to
the U.S. centre, and surprisingly they reported that the wood is ash,” he
In the report the U.S.
centre remains unnamed.
According to Ataii, ash
trees are indigenous to northwestern Iran and little is known about this type of
tree occurring in Fars Province.
“It seems that the
Achaemenids used to bring ash wood from northwestern Iran for use in the
ceilings of their palaces and other building structures,” he stated.
Experts have calculated
that the palace will not be submerged by the filling of the reservoir. However,
they have said that moisture caused by the construction will destroy the site in
the near future.
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