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Sunday, June 26th, 2005, 12:43 AM
Achaemenid Empire frontiers to be sketched 2200 years after extinction

Ancient borders of Persian Empire under Achaemenid dynasty are going to be sketched 2200 years after the fall of the dynasty. Achaemenids ruled over a vast empire including today Iran and lots of other neighboring countries since the foundation of the dynasty by Cyrus the great in 570 BC until invasion of Alexander the Macedonian in 330 BC which consequently caused the fall of this dynasty.

Experts are going to sketch geographical borders of Iran under Achaemenid dynasty in order to prepare a detailed map of the empire, which collapsed about 2200 years ago.

This dynasty was founded by Cyrus the great in 570 BC and was terminated by Alexander the Macedonian invading Iran and dethroning Darius III some 300 years later.

“Using reliable, ancient sources, a team of experienced archaeologists are now working on the field to sketch the borders of Achaemenian empire,” said the head of research centre for archaeological context and construction studies under Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism organization, Mohammad Hassan Moheb Ali, ”these borders are consisted of both natural geographical features and man made ones.”

He emphasized on importance of sketching the border features in preparing the map of the ancient empire and noted, “Beside revealing the real geographical extent of Iranian first and largest ever empire, the act of sketching the borders may result in the discovery of totally unknown archaeological sites”.

Achaemenid Empire, which in terms of geographical vastness was the largest ever Persian empire through out history, engulfed an extremely large area consisted of the whole or a part of numerous countries today including Iran, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.

Moheb Ali believes that the project will take over 10 years to be executed.

Research centre for archaeological context and construction studies, supervised by Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism organization has launched a long term project to identify, locate and restore all ancient buildings and constructions belonging to Achaemenid era for which sketching the map of the empire is considered to be of utmost importance.

Moheb Ali, announced that Iranian authorities has already signed several memorandums of understanding in regard of this project with their counterparts of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

He also hopes that they can further their cooperation with other related countries on this particular project by signing new MOUs in near future.