For about 250 years, from 550 to 300 BCE, Iran was ruled by the Achaemenid Dynasty, named after its eponymous founder Achaemenes. A number of the Achaemenid kings were great builders, starting with Cyrus. He established his capital city at Pasargadae in Fars Province, where he built several palaces and laid out splendid gardens, often interpreted as early evidence for the classic chahar bagh form of the Persian garden. It is not impossible that it was Cyrus who initiated the building program at Persepolis, but the credit for this is usually given to Darius. He and Xerxes were responsible for most of the building work at the site.
Pir-e Sabz is one of the most sacred Zoroastrian shrines left in the world. The fire temple is located in a hamlet by the name of Chak Chak, which literally means “drip drip,” in reference to the freshwater spring inside the temple.
A wooden canoe used by the ancient Maya and believed to be over 1,000 years old has turned up in southern Mexico, officials said on Friday, part of archeological work accompanying the construction of a major new tourist train.
The history of the art of pottery in Iran goes back into ancient time. When agriculture came into existence and cultivation started on Iran’s plateau by primitive races of this land, people made utensils of baked clay in order to meet their needs.
Archeologists hailed the discovery of what is believed to be the largest ancient city found in Egypt, buried under sand for millennia, which experts said was one of the most important finds since the unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Ancient Greece has long been a civilization full of mystery, wonder, and fantasy. Their ancient jewelry-crafting techniques are used even today, and they often inspire modern-day artisans to create some truly amazing pieces.