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Archaeologists in Search of 29 Achaemenid Administrative Centres


01 March 2007




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  Recently discovered column basses in Nurabad of Mamasani (Click to enlarge)

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian and Australian archaeologists under a joint team have succeeded in discovering some new archaeological evidence dating back to the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE) which is believed to have belonged to one of the 30 administrative centres established on the road connecting Persepolis (Achaemenid ceremonial capital in Fars province) to Susa (Achaemenid winter and political capital in Khuzestan province) during their recent excavations in Nurabad Mamasani, Fars province.


This new discovery has encouraged archaeologists to conduct more archaeological excavations on the ancient path of Persepolis to Susa in an attempt to find other governmental seats.  


“According to the inscriptions which have remained from the Achaemenid dynastic era, 30 governmental seats or administrative centre were established during the dynastic period, one of which was identified recently by archaeologists- in Mamasani,” explained Alireza Asgari, director of the Iranian-Australian joint team.     


Last week, the team of archaeologists succeeded in unearthing four column bases in Sarvān village, which are similar to those discovered previously in the Sad Sotūn, (Hall of One Hundred Columns) Palace also known as Throne Hall, in Persepolis. Archaeologists believe that the newly found structure in Sarvan village had two other columns, which have not yet been found.


Pointing to the fact that three great civilizations of Elamite, Achaemenid, and Sassanid have their origins in Khuzestan province, Asgari further added: “At its zenith, the Achaemenid dynastic Empire was stretched from India in the east to Libya in the west and some great philosophers such as Socrates and Plato lived in the realm of the Achaemenids. What we can say for sure is that considering the vast extent of the Achaemenid Empire, there must be much more archaeological structures belonging to this period of history which have not been discovered yet.”


In order to find the hidden evidence, the Iranian-Australian archaeology team has started its archaeological excavations in a large scale in the vicinity of Persepolis, hoping to identify more Achaemenid governmental seats. Archaeologists are also hoping that new findings would increase the number of tourists to the area.




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

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