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Began their Excavation in Bolaghi Valley
26 February 2007
(CAIS) -- A team of Iranian and French archaeologists began a new phase of
excavations in order to completely unearth the Achaemenid palace in the
controversial Bolaghi Valley in Fars Province, the Persian service of CHN
reported on Sunday.
palace, which is believed to have belonged to Darius the Great (c. 549–
486 BCE), was discovered by the team in May 2006 during the archaeological
rescue excavations in the
, which will be flooded by the Sivand Dam in the near future.
site where the castle was discovered was one of the most important residential
areas of the Achaemenids in the
. A part of the palace was inexplicably destroyed by loaders, and the team only
unearthed the corridor and main court of the palace during the previous
excavations,” team director Mohammad-Taqi Ataii said.
corridor was constructed on columns, and four of their bases were discovered
during the previous excavation. The column bases, which are identical to those
, are made of black and white stone.
French archaeologists are led by Remy Boucharlat, the director of the French
Institute of Iranian Studies.
number of archaeological teams from
along with Iranian experts worked in the region from 2004 to 2006 to save
artifacts and glean information from the 130 ancient sites of the
it seems that the Islamic Republic's Energy Ministry made to convince to suspend
the inundation of the Sivand Dam for while.
week, a report announcing that the ministry planned to begin filling the
reservoir in the very near future caused a media frenzy, and cultural heritage
enthusiasts held protests in front of the Majlis asking the parliament to
intervene to postpone the operation that would flood a great part of the valley.
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