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Archaeological Research in Javin valleys



16 September 2001



Tehran - A team of Iranian archaeologists started the first phase of the five-year long project on Kolourz and Javin valleys on the outskirts of Sefidroud River in Gilan Province.


Following the joint Iran-Japan agreement, the ongoing project is being executed jointly by a group of archaeologists from Japan's Center for Middle East Culture and a team of Iranian archaeologists headed by Jabrail Nowkandeh.


Collecting objects, installing necessary probational tranchets at selected sites, conducting anthropological research on nomadic life patterns (summer and winter residentials), examination of and research on the artifacts available in Rasht Museum, and preparing archaeological maps are among the programs to be implemented by the Iranian-Japanese team, Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization (ICHO) reported.


Iran-Japan relations date back to Sassanid era, and according to archaeologists, some objects available at Japanese Museums are said to have been taken to Japan from Iran, most probably through the Silk Road and via China.


The existence of such objects accounts mainly for Japan's interest in getting involved in archaeological research in Iran.


The research conducted by various centers for Middle Eastern studies, and different universities since 50s until 1979, stopped after the Islamic Revolution and the imposed war due to local obstacles, whereupon most Japanese archaeologists switched their research to Turkey, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan instead.


Recently, once the joint Iran-Japan agreement was signed up, and a definite framework was set up for archaeological research, the process of serious joint cultural activities got underway.



Source: Tehran Times


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