It is still early days but it appears that remains of an
Achaemenid Palace are surfacing from excavations at the Oluz Mound near Amasya which lies some 125 km south of . Samsun
The columns and the throne chamber, probably part of a reception chamber indicate a Persian origin and have been dated to 450 BC. The site measuring 280x260 meters lies on top of Oluz Mound rising fifteen meters above the plain level.
Interestingly, the site shows presence of earlier settlements belonging to the Anatolian Iron Age and the Hittite period based on a bull figurine recovered during the excavations. Archaeologists have established that there is a large Hittite city underneath the Persian remain and they suppose this could be Shanovhitta.
So far, six columns from the prospective palace have been unearthed but that is far too little to establish a clear plan of the building. We will have to wait the outcome of further digging on this site for more tangible details.