Beirut, Aug 4, IRNA -- Archaeologists said in Beirut on Wednesday that they
have unearthed 10 giant stone tombs belonging to the era of Achaemenid
rule over Lebanon near the southern city of Saida.
As'ad Seif, an archaeologist, told IRNA that the tombs dated back
to 500 BC. He added that the tombs had been located inside a cave,
and that each five of them had been covered by two round stone plates.
Seif also said several pieces of bones had been discovered in the
He further stressed that Saida Archaeology Department believes
that more indications of the Persian rule could be excavated in the
area, adding that the department has accordingly stepped up efforts to
The discovery of tombs in Saida follows a similar incident east of
the city weeks ago when several stone tombs belonging to the
Achaemenids dynasty were unearthed.
Archaeologists say the newly discovered tombs are different from
previous cases, adding that this has made Lebanese research
institutions to call for increasing excavation activities to find more
signs of the Persian reign over eastern Mediterranean.
The Achaemenids ruled over Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine
from 530 BC to 330 BC.
Archaeologists have discovered a stone column and a capital in
the shape of a cow, similar to those in Iran's ancient Persepolis
stone complex, in excavations that have been so far carried out in
central Beirut, Saida and Jubail in northern Lebanon. The column and
the capital are believed to belong to the era of the Achaemenids.
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