The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- During their excavations in Bolaghi Valley, in Fars province,
Iranian and French archaeology team succeeded in unearthing a number of statue
eyes dating back to the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE) in Darius’ the
this news, Mohammad Taghi Atayi, Iranian head of Iran-French archaeology team
told Persian service of CHN: “Some pairs of eyes were discovered during the
excavations of Iran-French archeology team in Bolaghi Valley. The eyes were made
of some weak material such as mortar and black stones were used for their
than five pairs of eyes have been discovered so far and archaeologists believe
that more excavations would lead to unearthing a more number of statue eyes.
However according to Atayi the usage of these eyes are not clear yet and the
archaeology team is determined to clarify their exact place during the closing
days of excavations which will come to an end on March 21, the last day of
Iranian calendar. “We are not still sure whether these eyes were implemented
in stone statues, wooden statues or reliefs,” added Atayi.
the eastern porch of Darius’ palace, the Achaemenid king, in Bolaghi
Valley were among the other stunning findings during the third season of
Iranian- French joint team in Bolaghi Valley which was conducted under the
supervision of Mohammad Taghi Atayi from Iran’s Parse Pasargadae Research
Centre and Remy Boucharlat, French archaeologists and director of the French
Institute of Iranian Studies.
Valley, located 4 kilometers from the World Heritage Site of Pasargadae in Fars
province, is one of the most important archeological sites in Iran where a large
number of historical evidence including the remains of a village belonging to
the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE), clay kilns date to 4000 BCE, one of
the palaces of Achaemenid dynastic emperor, Darius the Great, and numerous other
archaeological relics and architectural structures have been unearthed during
emergency archaeological excavations undertaken by Iranian and foreign
archaeologists in the past three years. With the flooding of Sivand Dam which
was recently built in Bolaghi Valley by the Islamic regime, hundreds of
pre-Islamic historical relics unearthed so far will be submerged.
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