& CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD
Pasargadae' Architectural Technology Under Review
17 October 2007
(CAIS) -- Excavations
are underway in Pasargadae in Fars province, to shed more light on the
socio-political structure of the world’s first governing system.
Iranian director of the excavation team at the site, Ali Reza Asgari told
Persian service of ISNA that the second phase of archaeological research in
Pasargadae will be undertaken to identify the gateways to the ancient city as
well as the purpose served by each of the monuments and propose a route to be
taken by visitors.
He further maintained that prior to the sixth century BCE, the world had not
experienced a government in the form established by the Achaemenid dynasty
Asgari recalled that the founder of Achaemenid dynasty, Cyrus the Great
established the first government in the world after liberating many ethnic
groups on bonds of allegiance and organizing them under a consolidated
administration by devising the most worthy regulations for humanity.
He noted that some 80 years have elapsed since the discovery of Cyrus’
cylinder bearing the inscriptions of the world’s first human rights charter in
Babylon, Mesopotamia and 50 years since the excavations first began in
During the period, more than thousands of articles and books have been written
on this glorious civilization and through these documents, the grandeur of the
history and culture of the Iranians has multiplied in the international
community, he said.
Therefore, governance of over half of the known world 25 centuries ago is of
high significance for the Iranians and developing an understanding the mechanism
of such a great organization is also important for historians and
archaeologists, he added.
Asgari further stated that excavations by Archaeology Research Centre and
Italy’s Bologna University last year revealed that Pasargadae was never
abandoned after the Achaemenid reign, rather; settlements in the city continued
during the Parthian and Sasanian dynastic eras, as well as the post-Sasanian
period (637-850 CE).
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