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One Million Discovered Pottery Shards of Isfahan’s Grand Mosque Adobe to be Studied


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Pre-Islamic & Islamic Periods

 14 April 2004



Archaeological studies out on the historical Grand Mosque of Isfahan and the pottery shards discovered there will once again start next month as an Italian archaeological team is scheduled to arrive in the city.

During 1972 to 1978 an Italian team carried out excavations in the mosque; however, they left by the time the Islamic Revolution happened. In 2000, after two decades, they returned and restarted their work on the site.

The archaeological finds include various materials such as clay, glass, wood, bone, metal and architectural items like plaster works and different types of tiles, explained head of the Iranian archaeologists at the site Fariba Saidi Anaraki, adding that the first round of the joint Italian-Iranian project will analyze the discovered pottery shards, which total nearly one million pieces and are predicted to take three years to study.

The Grand Mosque of Isfahan has a combination of Pre-Islamic and Islamic-Iranian architectural features which displays the development of architecture in Iran and today is considered one of the main cultural-historical attractions of the world-famous city.



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