Persepolis Yields Six Ancient Wells

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Iranian archeologists have found six wells in the western part of the Achaemenid capital of Persepolis in the southern Fars Province.

The wells yielded intact Achaemenid earthenware and crockery, which are being restored by experts.

“Archeologists found the wells after 45 days of excavations carried out 500 meters to the west of Persepolis,” said director of Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation, Mohammad-Hassan Talebian.

“Five wells have been excavated so far where pitchers and unique water bottles were found along with drinking cups in three different sizes,” he added.

“One of the wells yielded a large bronze pot covered with soot,” said Talebian, adding, “A number of perfume bottles were also found in the wells which resemble the ones on Persepolis inscriptions.”

The ongoing excavations are one of the most comprehensive archeological projects in Persepolis in the past 40 years.

Darius I established Persepolis in 518 BCE as the new capital of the Achaemenid Empire after Pasargadae. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins has made it a unique archaeological site.

Located 70 kilometers northeast of the city of Shiraz in Fars Province, Persepolis was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

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