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Iranian and French experts team up for archaeogeophysical studies at Pasargadae

TEHRAN, March 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- A joint team of Iranian and French experts have recently resumed archaeogeophysical studies in Pasargadae in Iran's southern Fars Province.

The studies, which constitute a new joint endeavor on the part of the Archaeological Research Center of Iran, the Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation and France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Scientific Research Center, CNRS), aim to make new demarcations for the city of Pasargadae and will also entail in-depth research on the ancient Achaemenid capital.

"These studies are more significant than previous projects," Iranian team director Kurosh Mohammadkhani told the Persian service of CHN on Saturday.

"In the past research has centered on the buildings used for royal activities, but this joint team plans to survey the areas around the royal structures by using archaeogeophysical methods," he added.

The team is also scheduled to scrutinize the Achaemenid irrigation system located on the Morghab plain and, in addition, to examine an ancient stone canal linked to a small dam near the village of Shahidabad. The investigation will also verify the materials, which include limestone, used in the main structure of the canal and the type of braces used to hold the sections together, he explained.

It is hoped that the fieldwork will shed light on whether the water barrier is an Achaemenid structure or a relic of subsequent eras. The team also plans to determine precisely how the canal functioned and its original purpose, Mohammadkhani noted.

In this collaborative project, which is considered as the sixth season of archaeogeophysical studies, the CNRS team led by Remy Boucharlat comprises a number of experts from the University of Lumiere Lyon 2.

The first season of research was undertaken in 1999.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization registered Pasargadae on the World Heritage List in 2004.

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