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