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Palace of Darius the Great to be Unearthed in Bolaghi Valley


24 February 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists from Iran and France recently opened up a new excavation season at the historic site of Bolaghi Valley, Fars province, aiming particularly at unearthing the palace of Achaemenid Emperor Darius the Great (549-486 BCE). The team is optimistic that the palace could be unearthed entirely by the end of their excavations.


Announcing this news, Iranian head of the Irano-French joint archaeology team in Bolaghi Valley, Mohammad Taghi Atayi, said: “Area number 34 of Bolaghi Valley in which the palace was found is considered one of the most prominent settlement regions of the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE). For reasons still unknown, parts of this palace have been destroyed by bulldozers. During our preliminary studies at this palace, the balcony and part of the central hall of this Achaemenid structure were unearthed. This is what prompted us to spend another full season of excavations at this palace.”


The balcony, which was unearthed by the same team, was pillared and archaeologists were able to find four black and white plinths. Furthermore, archaeologists discovered another pedestal last year with the design of an inverted lotus flower, a design typical of Achaemenid palaces of Persepolis.


Based on the discovered hallway, archaeologists sketched the plan of the palace which suggests it had labyrinth corridors leading to adjacent rooms which have not been unearthed completely.


“Based on the evidence at hand, we had devised our plans to unearth the remaining parts of the palace during another excavation season. Finally, we were able to win the approval of the Archaeology Research Centre and recently started our activities in Area No. 34,” explained Atayi, adding that the Irano-French team is determined to come up with the final map of the palace showing all parts of this colossal Achaemenid structure.


Previous findings in Area No. 34 as well as chronological studies conducted on the site together with the architectural style applied to the discovered plinths suggest this palace to have been one that belonged to the early Achaemenid dynastic period, particularly to the reign of Darius the Great.


Prior to the start of the new excavation season, the Irano-French archaeology team had undertaken two seasons of joint excavations in Bolaghi Valley during which its experts concentrated their studies on historic evidence from the Achaemenid dynastic period in the region. The team also studied the royal path known as the King Road and concluded that the path was preserved for the kings and nobles while Achaemenid kings were residing in Bolaghi Valley. 


Excavations by the team of Irano-French archaeologists are directed by Mohammad Taghi Atayi from Iran’s Archaeology Research Centre and Remy Boucharlat from the French Institute of Archaeology. The team’s most stunning discovery was that of the colossal palace, believed to have belonged to Darius the Great.




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

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