Achaemenid palaces found in south Iran
Source: Press TV
Iranian archeologists have unearthed two 2,500
-year-old palaces and 18 columns belonging to the Achaemenid era in southern
An ancient column pedestal in
The discoveries were made in the ancient city of Ramhormoz in Khuzestan
Province, according to Iranian cultural heritage activists and archeologists.
The archeologist restored five of the eighteen columns. The other columns were
destroyed during a road construction project in the region.
Such discoveries strengthen the theory that the site was a part of the ancient
Shahi Road. Shahi Road was the main road connecting Persepolis to Apadana Palace
in ancient Susa in Khuzestan Province.
Once known as the richest city under the sun, Persepolis was the ceremonial
capital of the Persian Empire, one of the greatest powers of the ancient world.
Darius established Persepolis in 519 BCE as the most magnificent of the four
Achaemenid capitals -- Susa, Ecbatana, Persepolis and Babylon -- which were
established in logistically important locations to help Achaemenid kings
efficiently administer their vast empire.
Susa, located in Iran's southern province of Khuzistan, was the capital of Elam
and the Achaemenid King Darius I.
One of the world's oldest-known settlements was
possibly founded around 4200 BCE; however, the first traces of an inhabited
village date back to around 7000 BCE.
|A view of Shahi Road
According to economic policies of Darius the Great, Shahi Road was constructed
at length of 2,500 kilometers to connect the two capitals of ancient Persia,
Susa and Persepolis.
More than a hundred palaces and caravanserai (roadside inns) were built across
the road to support the flow of commerce and information. Their strategic use in
war times were the main goal to build the road and the settlements.
The remains of columns were transferred to Ramhormoz Cultural Heritage Office.
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