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Discovery of an Achaemenid Wall in Pasargadae
Date: 18 January 2017

Archeological excavations in the southern province of Fars led to discovery of a wall 20km in length belonging to the Achaemenid era.

According to the Research Institute of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, the walls extend for over 20 kilometers in the town of Mashhad-e Morghab. A number of other historical sites were also discovered.

Some 300 graves from various historical eras, water structures of the Achaemenid era, historical remains dating back to the Mesolithic and Neolithic eras and settlement areas, historical stone mines and the like were also found.

The head of the archeological team in Mashhad-e Morghab District of Khorrambid, Hamidreza Karami said that in addition to Kamin and Sarpiran plains, Morghab plain was linked to Pasargadae.

According to Karami: "These areas can be considered the most important sites in different periods of history and had been studied during the registration process of Pasargadae as a world heritage site."

In view of the comprehensive objectives pursued by the archeology groups at the site, the field study of Pasargadae world heritage site is underway in cooperation with skilled experts.

Karami pointed to the dispersion of the Achaemenid vestiges such as dams, canals and mines is directly linked to the ancient city of Pasargadae whose expanse ranges from Chamian (Shahidabad) in the city of Khorrambid to Sivand Valley in the south of Pasargadae and Kamin plain.

Underlining the importance of the site under study in view of the findings from this era and the periods before and after it, he said the relics have been identified in the historical-cultural area such as the Achaemenid wall.

Nearly 300 graves dating back to the historical era, water structures from the Achaemenid era, including several dams and close to 80 kilometer of irrigation canals in Tang-e Hana region, Qaderabad Alafi, Pakouh Pasargadae, Sarpiran and Kamin plains have been identified in the Tang-e Bolaghi and the southern mountains of Sarpiran site.

What has been discovered, including several stone mines date back to the Mesolithic and Neolithic eras with the settlement zones going back to the pre-historic and Islamic eras within the precincts of Pasargadae, are only part of the relics and cultural records that have so far been identified.

With regard to the expansion of the area under study it is predicted that the program will continue up to the end of this winter.

Pasargadae and Mashhad-e Morghab District are located in a mountainous region to the north of Fars Province, he said adding the area contains several plains between the mountains which are connected with each other through some valleys and mountain passes whose average altitude is 1,850m above the sea-level.

Source: Iran Daily