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Current research of the Iranian-French project at Pasargadae: new data on the occupation history of the site and its surrounding territory in the longue durée

Abstract : After a first phase between 1999 and 2009, an Iranian-French project has resumed archaeological fieldwork on the World Heritage site of Pasargadae since the fall 2015. Thanks to the combined support and collaboration of several Iranian and French institutions, four research campaigns were already carried out on the site and its surrounding territory between 2015 and 2018. Since the beginning of the project and given the large size of the site, several kilometres square, the work has focused on the large scale mapping of the archaeological remains by implementing several complementary survey methods. While one of the main results of the first phase of the project was to reveal parts of the layout of the large park that encompassed all the known Achaemenid monuments built during the reign of Cyrus the Great, data from current fieldwork allow us to complete the proposed reconstruction of the Pasargadae past landscape. As an example, fieldwork revealed traces of several settled areas distributed around the royal building, probably hosting a part of the permanent population living at Pasargadae during the second half of the 1st millennium BC. Moreover, we can now ascertain that the Achaemenid foundation period was the first stage of a longer occupation history of Pasargadae. Archaeological evidences tend to demonstrate that the site remained an important centre until the medieval times, the different occupation phases matching with deep changes in the settlement layout. The Pasargadae long term development was supported by a thorough territorial management especially of water resources as highlighted by numerous remains of hydraulic infrastructures that are systematically surveyed.
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Sébastien Gondet, Kourosh Mohammadkhani. Current research of the Iranian-French project at Pasargadae: new data on the occupation history of the site and its surrounding territory in the longue durée. Ninth European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS 9), Freie Universität Berlin, Sep 2019, Berlin, Germany. ⟨halshs-02420195⟩

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