Sunday, April 24, 2005

2500 year gold sheets unearthed in Iran

An archaeological team working on a 2500 year old site has uncovered four pieces of folded gold sheet with a total weight of about three kilograms beside one of the columns of the main hall of the Darius Palace at Bardak Siah, in sourthern Iran, the director of the team announced on Sunday.

“Three pieces of the gold are folded thick sheets and the other piece seems to be the upper part of a cup, having a carved simple line on the edge,” Dr. Ehsan Yaghmaii added.

“The three pieces seem to be the covers of the wooden gates of the hall or epigraphs, which were carved on thick sheets of gold during the Achaemenid era, but the sheets have not yet been precisely identified,” he said.

“In order to precisely identify the gold items, the folds must be opened at the appropriate temperature in an equipped laboratory.” Dr Yaghmaii said.

More than 20 other palaces and halls from the Achaemenid dynasty have been identified buried under the palm trees in the area.

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