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Discovery of a Post-Achaemenid Bas-Relief 


07 May 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Continuation of archaeological excavations in the vicinity of Salman-e Farsi reservoir, Iranian Fars province, resulted in discovery of a huge rock with relief of a archer who is riding a horse dating back to post-Achaemenid period (333-248 BCE). This unique bas-relief is on verge of destruction.


Announcing this news, Alireza Jafari Zand, head of excavation team behind Salman-e Farsi Dam told Persian service of CHN that this relief has been discovered at the furthest reaches of the reservoir of the dam, outside of the Sassanid city behind the dam. “This huge rock is 3.30 in 3.70 meters in size and has tones of weight. Although the dress of the horse rider is very similar to Achaemenid warriors, it belongs to post-Achaemenid period,” said Jafari.


According to Jafari, this relief will not be drowned by the inundation of the dam, but it has severely damaged over time and is on verge of destruction and needs to be repaired in the shortest time.


He further explained that post-Achaemenid bas-reliefs are very rare and it is the first time such a unique relief has been ever found in Fars province.


Archaeological studies conducted behind Salman-e Farsi Dam, Fars province revealed the existence of a 350-hectare city dating back to post-Achaemenid and Sassanid dynastic eras in the area which will be submerged by inundation of the dam.


This is while during less than three days excavations, archaeologists succeeded in tracing some invaluable architectural evidence including a fortress, fire temple, bazaar, and residential dwellings in this historic site.





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