The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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