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GIS Modeling Used to Identify Historical Mounds in Shoushtar




20 July 2003


Iranian archaeologists have managed to draw up the precise archaeological model and map of a region located between the Miane Aab and Mian Dasht near Shushtar in southwestern Iran by undertaking a GIS (Geographical Information System) modeling project.

Following an announcement by the Power Ministry to build new irrigation systems in the region, the archaeology research center of the Cultural Heritage Organization kicked off a a GIS modeling research project.

Standing for the Geographical Information System, GIS is used to prepare satellite maps aimed at identifying the terrains of the earth.

The results of the project showed that Karun river’s floods have prevented the formation of archaeological mounds and the permanent residence of people in the region.

Director of the archaeology group of the Miane Aab region Abbas Moghadam announced that the most important outcome of the research has been the production of a detailed archeological, geological map of the region.

Abdol Majid Vafai and Jalal Karimi cooperated with Moghaddam in the project.

Furthermore, head of the Archaeology Research Center Masoud Azarnoush said that some 500 archaeological sites have been identified scattered over an area of 400 square kms, 125 of which are under study for registration in the National Heritage List.



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