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Palace Of Darius The Great Discovered In Bolaghi Gorge
CHN ^ | 5-15-2006

Posted on 05/15/2006 2:54:46 PM PDT by blam

Palace of Darius the Great Discovered in Bolaghi Gorge

Discovery of remains of a gigantic palace in Bolaghi Gorge and its similarity to the constructions of the time of Darius I, Achaemenid King, in Persepolis show that it was built during the same period of time.

Tehran, 15 May 2006

(CHN) -- Iran-French joint archeology team at Bolaghi Gorge succeeded in discovering and identifying the remains of a gigantic palace, believed to be from the Achaemenid era (648 BC–330 BC), during their second season of excavations in the area.

“Before the start of this season of excavations, our geophysical tests in area number 33 of Bolaghi Gorge had revealed to us the possible existence of a huge building near the Sivand Dam. Clay artifacts found in this area showed that this building used to be the residential palace of the Achaemenid kings. With the start of the new excavation season, we resumed our excavations in area number 33 with this attitude,” said Mohammad Taghi Ataee, head of the Iran-French joint archeology team at Bolaghi Gorge.

“After we started our excavations in the historic hill where this monument is located, we realized that it consisted of one historic layer only. Since no other layers were constructed on top of this layer, archeologists were hoping to unearth the entire palace intact. However, after they made their trenches they got to a number of wells which had been dug by illegal smugglers and also traces of bulldozers which had caused serious damage to this ancient Achaemenid palace,” said Ataee.

Plundering of archeological sites by the smugglers has become a common issue in archeology. However, according to Ataee, archeologists believe that illegal diggers cannot be held responsible for destroying of this palace by bulldozers, and it was a deliberate act by an unknown person or group of people who intended to devastate this place for a reason that is not clear for archeologists.

“The archeology team kept removing the debris caused by the bulldozers until they got to the base of a pillar similar to those used in the construction of the palace of Persepolis in Fars province, although smaller in size. The base of this pillar which looks like an inverted bell is built by the same stones used in the construction of Persepolis. The stone is so carefully varnished that one may clearly see the reflection of oneself in it,” added Ataee.

The height of this discovered base is 35 centimeters and it has a diameter of 50 centimeters. There are signs on this base which were meant to level it off, a method commonly practiced during the Achaemenid era.

“Based on the evidence, this palace must have belonged to either Darius the Great, the Achaemenid King who ruled between 521 and 486 BC and built the famous Palace of Persepolis, or the kings who preceded him. However, it is more likely that the palace belonged to Darius,” said Ataee.

In addition to this pillar base, the royal seat of this palace, built using soil and condensed sand, several pieces of clay bricks, and three clay walls constructed in a row were discovered by the archeologists. The top of the walls has been destroyed by bulldozers; however, archeologists are hoping to find the construction plan of this palace by studying these walls more carefully.

Regarding the size of these clay bricks, Ataee said, “These clay bricks are in different size, some are 35 by 33 cm, some 17 by 33, and some others are 33 by 33 centimeters. They were probably used to cover the floor.”

Bolaghi Gorge is an endangered historical site in Fars province, near the ancient site of Pasargade, threatened by the Sivand Dam built in its vicinity. Although the dam is not flooded yet, it is clear that with its inauguration Iran will say farewell to one of its most valuable cultural heritage sites.

Although Ataee announced that inauguration of the Sivand Dam will not directly affect this Achaemenid Palace since it is located in an area which is relatively far from the Sivand Dam, the humidity caused by the dam will certainly destroy this palace in a long run.

The Iran-French archeology team will continue its excavations in Bolaghi Gorge until June 5 to save this ancient site as much as possible before the inauguration of the dam, the date of which has not been announced yet


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KEYWORDS: bolaghi; darius; discovered; godsgravesglyphs; gorge; great; palace

1 posted on 05/15/2006 2:54:47 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Darius, Alexander's Dad?

"My son, ask for thyself another kingdom. That which I leave is too small for thee."

No, I didn't see the gay movie, I learned it from an Iron Maden tune.

2 posted on 05/15/2006 2:56:55 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: blam
Plundering of archeological sites by the smugglers has become a common issue in archeology. However, according to Ataee, archeologists believe that illegal diggers cannot be held responsible for destroying of this palace by bulldozers, and it was a deliberate act by an unknown person or group of people who intended to devastate this place for a reason that is not clear for archeologists.

That's sad.

3 posted on 05/15/2006 2:57:10 PM PDT by ahayes (Yes, I have a devious plot. No, you may not know what it is.)
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To: blam

Is this the Darius of Daniel whose existence has been questioned by some?


4 posted on 05/15/2006 2:57:53 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

7,000-Year-Old 'Sleeping Beauty' In Bolaghi Gorge Discovered

5 posted on 05/15/2006 2:58:19 PM PDT by blam
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To: humblegunner
I learned it from an Iron Maden tune.

That would be "Maiden" there, Einstein.

6 posted on 05/15/2006 2:59:15 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: ahayes
However, according to Ataee, archeologists believe that illegal diggers cannot be held responsible for destroying of this palace by bulldozers, and it was a deliberate act by an unknown person or group of people who intended to devastate this place for a reason that is not clear for archeologists.

Remember the giant Buddhas? So much ancient history is lost thanks to some very intolerant people.

7 posted on 05/15/2006 3:00:19 PM PDT by RikaStrom (The number one rule of the Kama Sutra is that you both be on the same page.../Exeter 051705)
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To: ahayes
...illegal diggers cannot be held responsible for destroying of this
palace by bulldozers, and it was a deliberate act by an unknown person
or group of people who intended to devastate this place for a
reason that is not clear for archeologists.


While I'm probably wrong...
If the investigators knocked on my door, I'd say "have you noticed how
how 'not built by Muslims' sometimes shortens the life of major
buildings and statues?".
8 posted on 05/15/2006 3:01:16 PM PDT by VOA
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To: blam
Darius, Alexander's Dad?

Faulty old age memory!

Darius was defeated by Alexander, the son of Phillip of Macedon.

9 posted on 05/15/2006 3:03:37 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: humblegunner

Alexander's father was Philip of Macedonia, if I remember correctly. Darius the Mede was king of Persia and Media, and I believe he was the one that began allowing the exiled Jews to return to Jerusalem after their capture and deportation by Nebudchadnezzar, or was that Cyrus?

}:-)4


10 posted on 05/15/2006 3:05:59 PM PDT by Moose4 (Please don't call me "white trash." I prefer "Caucasian recyclable.")
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To: humblegunner

I think that was Darius III.


11 posted on 05/15/2006 3:06:44 PM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: Moose4
It was Cyrus the Great...see 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 = Ezra 1.1-3.

Apparently Darius the Mede is only known from the Book of Daniel. Non-Persians had a tendency to mix up Medes and Persians (at least the Greeks often say "the Medes" when they mean Persians). Hence the old proverb: one man's Mede is another man's Persian.

12 posted on 05/15/2006 3:18:52 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Moose4
Yeah, I corrected myself in post #9... usually it's
on a weekend evening when I start mixing up my history! ;-)
13 posted on 05/15/2006 3:19:12 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: CollegeRepublican
Yes this refers to Darius I. Usurper of Persia after the death of Cyrus. Darius was the one who launched the ill fated attack at Marathon and was the father of Xerxes who was stalled at Thermopolae and defeated at Salamis and Macale by the Greeks.

Alexanders conquered a later descendant....either Darius II or III, nor sure.
14 posted on 05/15/2006 3:20:41 PM PDT by scipioII
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To: Verginius Rufus
Hence the old proverb: one man's Mede is another man's Persian.

LOL, LOL & LOL

15 posted on 05/15/2006 4:21:25 PM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: humblegunner

PhillipII was Alexander's father [ or Zeus was, if you believe Alexander's fruit loop mother]. Darius referred to Alexander as 'my son' to term him a lesser king.


16 posted on 05/15/2006 4:34:54 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: scipioII
Darius III was the opponent of Alexander of Macedon (he is shown in the famous Alexander Mosaic found at Pompeii).

Darius II ruled from 424 to 404 B.C. When schoolboys used to learn Greek, the usual first text read was Xenophon's Anabasis, which begins: "Darius and Parysatis had two sons, of whom Artaxerxes was the elder and Cyrus the younger..." This Cyrus the Younger was Xenophon's hero in the first book of the Anabasis but was killed in the battle of Cunaxa in the fall of 401 fighting his brother.

17 posted on 05/15/2006 5:21:02 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Darius was defeated by Alexander three times. Eventually he was murdered by his own people, which was considered unnecessary, disrespectful, and bad form.


18 posted on 05/15/2006 5:23:39 PM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: RightWhale

There were three major battles between Alexander and the Persians--Granicus, Issus, and Gaugamela (Arbela), but Darius III was only present at the second and third of those.


19 posted on 05/15/2006 8:10:53 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: AdmSmith

pong


20 posted on 05/15/2006 8:35:27 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; ...
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21 posted on 05/15/2006 9:25:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Verginius Rufus; blam
Hence the old proverb: one man's Mede is another man's Persian.
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22 posted on 05/15/2006 9:29:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam

Wonder who and why a dozer was used to destroy it.


23 posted on 05/16/2006 5:46:11 AM PDT by Dustbunny (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist)
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To: blam

Just did a Google, upsetting that the Muslims are determined to wipe off the face of the earth anything that is not Muslim. Hopefully there will be many pictures taken before it is all submerged.


24 posted on 05/16/2006 6:45:44 AM PDT by Dustbunny (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist)
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To: scipioII
Darius was the one who launched the ill fated attack at Marathon and was the father of Xerxes...

Esther's father-in-law? Sweet!

25 posted on 05/16/2006 6:48:24 AM PDT by madison10
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 49th; ...
an update:
Eastern Porch of Darius' Palace Discovered in Bolaghi Gorge
Persian Journal
March 5, 2007
In continuation of their excavations in area number 34 of the historic site of Bolaghi Gorge where evidence of a palace denoted to Achaemenid Emperor Darius the Great (549-486 BC) had previously been discovered, Iranian and French archeologists succeeded in discovering the eastern porch of the palace... Discovery of pieces of bricks, 45x33 centimeters in size which are bigger than standard bricks used in other Achaemenid structures are among the other discoveries in area number 34 of Bolaghi Gorge. "Discovery of these bricks is somehow strange and shows that might not have been used in the walls and most probably were used for flooring the palace," explained Atayi.

26 posted on 03/07/2007 10:23:22 AM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Is this the Darius of Daniel whose existence has been questioned by some?

Probably. THAT alone would explain the bulldozing. There are some, for their own creepy reasons, want the Scriptures and its history to be totally disproved.

27 posted on 03/07/2007 10:33:46 AM PST by madison10
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I know there is a Persian king named Darius in the book of Ezra. The NIV study bible introduction dates the writings of Ezra to about 440BC which seems to be in this time frame.

But then again I'm no biblical/archeological scholar like that James Cameron is! ;)


28 posted on 03/07/2007 11:25:10 AM PST by marinamuffy ("..pacifism ensures that cruelty will prevail on earth." - Dennis Prager/ www.gohunter08.com)
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To: blam
I'll see your sleeping girl, and raise you a mass grave.
29 posted on 03/07/2007 11:36:04 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: madison10

I had forgotten about this story...very interesting stuff.


30 posted on 03/07/2007 11:45:39 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: scipioII

The film "300" starring Gerard Butler, about the Greeks at the Gates of Thermopolae, comes out this Friday. Looks like a good one.


31 posted on 03/08/2007 6:57:42 PM PST by Ciexyz (Is the American voter smarter than a fifth grader?)
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32 posted on 07/30/2010 5:44:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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LOL! Read to the post before yours until I realized this thread is 3 yrs old.

Necro-pinging? ;)


33 posted on 07/30/2010 5:48:41 PM PDT by Textide
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Archaeaology is part of the focus of the list, so... ;’)


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And it’s four and a half, btw. :’D


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