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Architecture of Achaemenid Dynastic Era Studied by Iranian and Italian Archaeologists


19 November 2007



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LONDON, (CAIS) -- In search of architectural layers, the Iranian-Italian archaeology team in Pasargadae are about to completed the second season of archaeological research in Tal-e Takht.


The archaeological excavations which have been started in an attempt to identify the architectural layers and record them in a chronological order has resulted in discovering some clay evidence belonging to post-Achaemenid era (330 -248 BCE).


Announcing this news, Alireza Asgari, Iranian head of Iranian-Italian archaeology team in Tal-e Takht told Persian service of CHN: “Archaeological excavations in Tal-e Takht Pasargadae have been resumed in an attempt to complete the previous researches conducted by renowned Scottish archaeologist David Stronach some 40 years ago. In the second season of excavations, the architectural layers dating back to Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE) in this historic site have been studied and recorded in a chronological order.”


Located in farthest reaches of Pasargadae historical site in Iranian Fars province, Tal-e Takht has been undergone archaeological excavations repeatedly, however, there are still much unknown about this historic site.


“Since the excavated area was very limit, we only succeeded in identifying the cultural evidence existing in Achaemenid architectural layers in this historic site in order to arrange them chronologically,” added Asgari.


He further explained that during the first season of excavations conducted by Iranian-Italian joint team last year, it became evident that Tal-e Takht was used as a ceremonial building during the reign of Cyrus the Great, the father of Iranian nation and the founder of first Persian Empire, and afterwards during the reign of Darius the Great, it was turned into a defensive fortress.  


The Iranian-Italian joint team which has started their excavations since last month under supervision of Alireza Asgari from Iran and Pierfrancesco Callieri from Italy will conclude their excavations in Tal-e Takht next week.  




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