The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A
team of Iranian and Australian archaeologists working in Sorvan near Nurabad
Mamasani in Fars Province believe that they may have discovered the lost
Achaemenid city of Lidoma, which has been named in a collection of ancient
tablets previously unearthed at Persepolis.
Recent digs have exposed
the ruins of an enormous building construction at the site which was discovered
during excavations carried out last year.
The structure covers an
area of 1500 square meters and its original height has been estimated as being
14 meters on the basis of the width of the column bases unearthed at the site.
The remains of stairs,
halls and the column bases of the structure have been revealed during this
second season of excavation, which was concluded last week.
The team has also exposed
the original stone surface of the Achaemenid site and numerous marble artefacts.
The ruins also include a
30-meter long hallway with a stone flagged floor. It is believed that it was
originally an iwan (ayvan). The walls of the iwan have been
constructed from stairs of crenulated stones.
The column bases and
stairs of crenulated walls are very similar to those belonging to the ‘Hall
of One Hundred Columns’ (Sad-Sotun) at Persepolis.
“The construction of
what must have been a financially highly expensive structure seems to be
impossible without economic aid from the government of the time. Thus, there is
evidence that this maybe the site of the city of Lidoma, which has been listed
in ancient tablets previously discovered in Persepolis,” Iranian team director
Alireza Asgari told the Persian Service of CHN on Sunday.
The newly found structure
provides evidence that matches information inscribed about the city of Lidoma on
the Persepolis tablets, he added.
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