The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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
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.
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.
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.
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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