(Several thousand more were found in the northern fortifications.) Work on these had scarcely begun when Woodcock wrote: they give information on the rations and payments made to some 15,000 individuals in over 100 localities.
Presumably it was here that Alexander discovered the treasure of 120,000 talents in gold and silver, all of which he took away with him, a task requiring quantities of mules as well as 3,000 camels. Woodcock offered two alternatives: the traditional one, that it was burnt as the result of a drunken revel led by an Athenian courtesan, and the view of some historians that it was an act of policy, revenge for Xerxes' destruction of the temples of Athens in 480 BC.
This is mainly due to the fact that the sewages-channels constructed by the Achaemenid engineers to direct the excess waters outside the platform have been blocked.
In addition, due to the increase of subterranean waters generated from the lake formed behind the infamous Sivand Dam has caused a severe rise in damp, to the extent that can be smelt and felt in the air.'The city of Persepolis was built in a remote and mountainous region of modern day Iran during the reign of Darius I, who made it the capital of Persia.
A double staircase, wide and shallow enough for horses to climb, led from the plains below to the top of the terrace.
In addition to this vast amount of pottery, there were large quantities of knives, blades, and copper daggers.
But in the 470s that disaster lay far in the future. 'Me may Ahura Mazda together with the gods protect, and my kingdom, and what has been built by me'.
The penetration of rainwater inside the platform, which has formed a large pool, as well as the severe damp have caused the stonework to crack and crumble, particularly in the recent months, and within a few years the whole platform will collapse.
Besides these pottery vessels, numerous painted clay figurines of humans and animals were discovered.
Other ceramic objects consisted of scrapers, in the form of stirrups, which were used for smoothing and decorating vessel surfaces before the vessels were fired.