Mar 17, 2016, 1:07 PM
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162 monuments identified in Achaemenid Royal Road

Tehran, March 17, IRNA – Exploration of the first chapter of the Achaemenid Royal Road in Susa of Persepolis has led to identification of 162 archeological sites, it was announced here Wednesday.

In his report to the 14th annual gathering of Iran’s Archeology, head of the exploration team of identifying, discovering, and documenting the archeological remains of Susa Achaemenid Royal Road, Esmaeel Yaghmaee said the area identified or studied in this program included historical and Islamic eras. The identified monuments consist of 18 bridges, 5 cities, 14 forts, fortresses and watchtowers, 49 ancient hills, 4 caravanserais, archaeological remains of 5 stone-paved roads, 6 roadways and numerous catacombs, ossuary, graves and graveyards, he pointed out.
The primary purpose of the first chapter of the archaeological plan is to identify, locate and introduce abodes, caravanserais and rest areas in Sassanid era and draw an outlook of the ancient roads in the historical track.
Achaemenid road network and news dissemination system is one of the most interesting and most amazing administrative aspects of the Achaemenid dynasty in old Persia.
Administering the vast Achaemenid Empire spreading over a gigantic area from the Indus Valley in the East to the West coast of the Aegean Sea, the Syrdarya (river) in the north to Aswan in the south required advanced communication system in which the most important administrative, political, military and business centers needed to be linked together in the shortest time possible.
The Achaemenid communication network, one of the first in the world, was based on the efficient management of human resources, geographical knowledge, constructed roads and trained manpower and horses.
The existence of a large-scale Achaemenid communication network of Sardis –Susa has been mentioned in classical Greek texts.
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