The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- During the second season of the archaeological research in the village of Sorvan, located in Nurabad Mamasani in Fars Province, archaeologists have unearthed further Achaemenid architectural evidence. The second season of archaeological research began on December 31st 2007 by Iranian and Australian archaeologists under a joint team under the directives of Alireza Asgari and Daniel Potts.
The project has brought to light the remains of stairs,
halls and column bases. The work has also exposed the stone surface of the
original Achaemenid site and numerous marble artefacts.
“In this season the team have succeeded in unearthing a section of the columned-porch, an audience hall (Āpādānā) and a staircase. Of course the initial discovery happened last year which lead to sections of this edifice to be discovered”, said Alireza Asgarsi, director of the Iranian team at Sorvan, speaking to Persian service of ISNA.
The column bases, which bear engravings similar to those
belonging to the Hall of One Hundred Columns Palace at Persepolis, have a
diameter exceeding one meter.
“This Achaemenid structure had large columns, similar to Persepolis, and the column-bases are grey in colour and over one meter in diameter. The column bases are almost identical in size and decoration to the columns of Sad Sotūn (Hall of One Hundred Columns) Palace in Persepolis,” said Asgari.
“These column bases bear engravings of lotus-shaped
floral motifs and have palm-shaped grooves. The columns have been made from the
same coloured stone as the columns to be observed at Persepolis,” he added.
Archaeologists have so far been unable to determine
exactly to which period of the Achaemenid dynasty (550-330 BCE) the remains
Evidence, including artefacts discovered at the location, suggests that the construction had belonged to one of the 30 administrative centres established on the road connecting to Persepolis, the Achaemenid ceremonial capital in Fars province, to Susa in the winter and to the political capital of the empire which is now in modern Khuzestan province.
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