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14 April 2006
Discovery of a huge Achaemenid building in Iran

Archeological excavations in area no. 73 of Bolaghi Gorge historical site (Iran) with the aim of finding cultural evidence from the fourth millennium BCE led to the discovery of the remains of a big construction belonging to the Achaemenid era (648 BCE–330 BCE).
     "Prior to this discovery, the remains of an Achaemenid architectural style was found by Iranian-Italian joint team in area no. 73 of Bolaghi Gorge, but the discovery of the remains of clay ovens belonging to the fourth millennium BCE headed us to this historical site to find more evidence. Geophysical studies in this area resulted in unearthing a huge building. Three big trenches have been dug for identifying this building. Archeological excavations indicate that this building with stone walls dates back to the Achaemenid era," said Mojgan Seyedein, Iranian head of Iranian-German joint excavation team.
     Rubble stones were used in the construction of the walls of this building. "The remains of two broken stone dishes were also discovered which are somehow similar to the present bowls. However, since we have not reached to pure soil yet, we can not determine the exact characteristics such as the size of the walls of this construction," added Seyedein.
     The remains of an Achaemenid village with 30 rural houses had already been discovered in area no. 73 of Bolaghi Gorge with a cemetery next to it. Getting closer to the time of the Sivand Dam flooding, archeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge have been speeded up, which resulted in some considerable findings so far.

Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (10 April 2006)

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