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Achaemenid Palaces Discovered in Ramhormoz


30 March 2009



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian archaeologists have unearthed two 2,500 -year-old palaces and 18 columns belonging to the Achaemenid dynastic era in southern Iran.

The discoveries were made in the ancient city of Ramhormoz in Khuzestan Province, according to Iranian cultural heritage activists.

Only the ruins of four columns of the palaces remain as most of the structures on the mound were demolished during the construction of the road by the Islamic Republic Road and Transport, and the news of the destruction was kept secret.


According the villagers, traces of 18 columns of the palaces were observable at the site before construction of the road began.


Such discoveries strengthen the theory that the site was one of the satiations of the Royal Road. The Achaemenid Royal Road was the road connecting the major cities of the empire to the Persepolis, including the Susa in Khuzestan Province.

The remaining surviving columns were transferred to Ramhormoz Cultural Heritage Department.





Extracted From/Source: Iran Press TV [*]




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