Environmental Geology

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 123–133 | Cite as

Discovering the ancient lakelet of the archeological site of pasargadae in Iran using a multi-layer technique

  • Behrang Bahrami
  • Behnaz AminzadehEmail author
Original Article


Pasargadae complex had been the main center of Persian history during the Achaemenian period (560–330 bc), registered as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO in 2004. This research is an attempt to recognize the natural setting and landscape of Pasargadae during the Achaemenian period, in Iran. The method is based on the application of a multi-layer technique. Collected data by fieldwork, especially in geology, hydrology, and hydrogeology, along with the analysis of aerial data and satellite information provided the baseline information for preparing historic and environmental layers and have made it possible to recognize a natural lakelet in the this area. The results show that the geometry of lakelet together with the ancient river of Pasargadae had been the main elements that formed the character of the site; they were also important in the locations of buildings in the Pasargadae complex.


Pasargadae World heritage site Geomorphological details Lakelet Location of dam Iran 



We thank Mr. Bahram Samani, expert in geology, for his valuable assistance in analyzing the geological data needed for the study and we also appreciate Mr. Bijan Esfandiari for the review of the manuscript and his constructive criticism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EnvironmentUniversity of Tehran, Industrial Development and Renovation OrganizationTehranIslamic Republic of Iran
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Design, Graduate Faculty of EnvironmentUniversity of TehranTehranIslamic Republic of Iran
  3. 3.Graduate Faculty of EnvironmentUniversity of TehranTehranIslamic Republic of Iran

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