Iran, Italy archaeologists begin new excavation in Persepolis

A group of Iranian and Italian archaeologists has started the new season of excavating project at the ancient site of Persepolis.

The study is to be conducted by the Iranian specialists and Italian experts from the University of Bologna.

The new project is scheduled to center on the structure and architecture of the ancient ruins which belonged to Achaemenid period, said head of the project Ali Reza Asgari.

The recent study aims to find the clues for the mystery of human habitations at the ancient area, social classes and the identity of people who established the city, Asgari explained.

The magnificent ruins of Persepolis lie at the foot of Kouh-e Rahmat (Mountain of Mercy) in the plain of Marv Dasht near Shiraz in Iran’s southern province of Fars.

The experts hope this season of research will improve professional knowledge about the society of the Achaemenids.

Archaeologists had earlier excavated pieces of a stone inscription at the area during a project in 2013. The inscription belonged to an ancient Achaemenid emperor.

The project was led by the  specialist in historical philology of Iranian languages of the “L’Orientale”, Professor Gian Pietro Basello of the University of Naples, Italy.

Founded by Darius I in 518 BCE, Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire as well as the symbol of the Achaemenid dynasty.

“It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government but also, and primarily, as a show place and a spectacular centre for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire.”

The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site.

By Press TV


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