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UPDATE: Achaemenid Fortified Walls Unearthed in Bolaghi Valley


13 March 2007




LONDON, (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.


“The 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.


“The 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.


The 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.


The 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.


The 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.


In addition, they unearthed three kilometres of an Achaemenid road located beneath farmland, although many sections of the road are destroyed.


UNESCO recently agreed to extend the perimeter of Pasargadae, which was registered on the World Heritage List in 2004.  




Extracted From/Source: Mehr News

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