The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- The joint Iranian-Japanese archaeological team working in the
Bolaghi Valley in southern Iran’s Fars Province have discovered a number of
stone fortified walls dating back to the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE)
in nearby northern Pasargadae, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday. One
of the walls is about 10 kilometres long.
main aim of this phase of the excavations was to identify the origins of the
routes between the Bolaghi Valley and Pasargadae. Thus we began to study the
perimeters of Pasargadae' palaces, which resulted in the discovery of the
walls,” Iranian team director Mohsen Zeidi said.
ruins of irrigation canals and watchtowers have also been discovered in northern
Pasargadae, and all the data have been recorded on a satellite map and by aerial
photos,” he added.
team’s activities are part of the Archaeological Rescue Excavations of the
Bolaghi Valley, a project that has been implemented to save artifacts and glean
information from over 130 ancient sites of the valley, which will be flooded by
the reservoir of the Sivand Dam in the near future.
walls had been erected in order to protect the palaces if necessary, and their
length shows that it was difficult to enter the perimeters of the palaces, Zeidi
explained. Similar walls have been discovered in the Bolaghi Valley.
team has also discovered about 200 graves constructed of stone dating back to
the Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE - 224 CE) and some prehistoric residential
areas near Pasargadae.
addition, they unearthed three kilometres of an Achaemenid road located beneath
farmland, although many sections of the road are destroyed.
recently agreed to extend the perimeter of Pasargadae, which was registered on
the World Heritage List in 2004.
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