Field Report on the 2016 Archaeological Project of the Joint Iran-France Project on Pasargadae and its Surrounding Territory

Sebastien Gondet, Kourosh Mohammadkhani, Morteza Djamali, Mahdokht Farjamirad, Hilary Gopnik, Nabil Ibnoerrida, Damien Laisney, Françoise Notter-Truxa, Rigot Jean-Baptiste, Yves Ubelmann

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This article reports on the 2016 activities of the second campaign of the ongoing Iran-France archaeological project at Pasargadae and its surroundings. The main goal of this project is to reveal and analyze the Achaemenid cityscape and regional management integrated into the long occupation history of the area. In 2016, new insights on the site and its territory were provided by data coming from newly implemented approaches: surface ceramics analyses, aerial survey and remote sensing, and palaeoenvironmental studies. We also extended our large-scale mapping of the site through combined topographic and geophysical survey approaches. The systematic mapping of the archaeological landscape, settlement pattern and funerary remaining around the site was also continued. We also present some preliminary results of pollen and sediment analyses of the filling deposits in the large basin which delaminates the Pasargadae Royal Garden to the southeast.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Iranian Heritage Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Achaemenid
  • Persia
  • Pasargadae
  • ceramic analysis

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