Persepolis Studies Yield New Findings

A0020294.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Archeological studies near the ancient city of Persepolis in the southern Iranian province of Fars have resulted in new discoveries.

Iranian and Italian archaeologists have been excavating the areas surrounding the ancient city of Persepolis since mid October. The latest round of excavations led to the discovery of various ancient dwellings near Takht-e Jamshid.

“The discovery of five stages of dwellings from various eras was made possible by the scientific and archeological studies on Persepolis architecture,” Alireza Asgari of Iran’s Parsa-Pasargadae Research Foundation (PPRF) was quoted by press tv as saying.

Archeologists also conducted geophysical studies based on the results of previous research carried out by Iranian experts.

Twenty five objects were also unearthed in the area as a result of the current studies. The discovery included jewels, ancient weapons, and pieces left over from broken statues, potteries and azure plates.

Headed by Alireza Asgari and Professor Pierfrancesco Callieri of the University of Bologna, the archeology team aimed to study the architecture of the areas surrounding the ceremonial Achaemenid capital.

The Achaemenid site of Persepolis was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.

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