The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A
joint team of Iranian and French experts have recently resumed
archaeogeophysical studies in the ancient city of Pasargadae in Iran’s
southern Fars Province.
The studies, which constitute a new
joint endeavour on the part of the Archaeological Research Centre of Iran, the
Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation and France’s Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), aim to make new demarcations for the city of
Pasargadae and will also entail in-depth research on the first Achaemenid
“These studies are more significant
than previous projects,” Iranian team director Kurosh Mohammadkhani told the
Persian service of CHN on Saturday.
“In the past research has centred
on the constructions used for imperial activities, but this joint team plans to
survey the areas around the those structures by using archaeogeophysical
methods,” he added.
The team is also scheduled to
scrutinise the Achaemenid irrigation system located on the Morghab plain and, in
addition, to examine an ancient stone canal linked to a small dam near the
village of Shahidābād. The investigation will also verify the materials, which
include limestone, used in the main structure of the canal and the type of
braces used to hold the sections together, he explained.
hoped that the fieldwork will shed light on whether the water barrier is an
Achaemenid structure or a relic of subsequent eras. The team also plans to
determine precisely how the canal functioned and its original purpose,
In this collaborative
project, which is considered as the sixth season of archaeogeophysical studies,
the CNRS team led by Rémy Boucharlat comprises a number of experts from the Université
Lumière Lyon 2.
first season of research was undertaken
Pasargadae, located in the mountain-ringed Morghab Plain of southwestern Iran at an elevation of 1,900m above sea level. Pasargadae was founded by Cyrus the Great soon after his conquest of Lydia (c. 547 BCE).
Early Achaemenid dynastic art and architecture took shape at Pasargadae and Cyrus the Great, founder of the first Persian Empire and the second Iranian dynasty, the Achaemenids (550-330 BCE), was buried there.
the name of the site is rendered as Batrakataš in the Elamite cuneiform of the Persepolis fortification
tablets, the name in current usage derives from a Greek transliteration of an
Old-Persian toponym of still-uncertain meaning.
The United Nations Educational,
Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) registered Pasargadae on the
World Heritage List in 2004.
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