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Field Report on the 2015 Current Archaeological Works of the Joint Iran-French Project on Pasargadae and its Territory
Sébastien Gondet, Kourosh Mohammadkhani

Abstract

site of Pasargadae in the latter half of 2015, the capital founded by
Cyrus the Great in the center of the ancient province of Persia. It is
the first step of a program that will span over several years and during
which we will gradually enrich the Pasargadae archaeological map on
a large scale. In the continuity of the previous 1999-2009 programs, we
tried to have a better understanding of the layout of the Achaemenid
city that was developed following a new pattern where the garden, the
park, plays a prominent role. We also would like to further study the
territorial changes just before the Achaemenid Empire as well as after
its fall until the Islamic period. To approach these topics we gather a
pluridisciplinary team that carried out complementary survey works
(geophysics, topography, fieldwalking, surface ceramic collection,
geoarchaeology) to build a comprehensive reconstruction of the
Pasargadae cityscape from the early Achaemenid to Islamic periods.
The works were performed inside the protected area of the site as well
as in its nearby surroundings. This article presents our methodology as
well as our preliminary results. The important 2015 achievements were
to demonstrate that the south Tol-e Taḵt hillslope is built, to firmly show 

that the Achaemenid/post-Achaemenid occupation extended southeast
of the Royal Garden and to shed light on the ancient settlement system
some kilometers north of the city core part. In the same time an important
topography work has been started to accurately document the whole
visible archaeological features over the site. The main fallout of these
surveys is to bring to light parts of the Cyrus project for Pasargadae as
well as the complex and evolving landscape of the site and its territory
before and after the Achaemenid period.

Keywords
Fars, Pasargadae, archaeology, survey, mapping, geophysics, topography, fieldwalking, Achaemenid, post-Achaemenid, Islamic, cityscape, territorial management

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