Iranian underwater archeological team will explore four
historical areas in search of archeological evidence, lost
cities and sunken ships.
Iran, once considered a rich civilization, has had
important ports and an improved science of sailing, and
reference to Iranian ports and sailing in the Straits of
Hormuz and the Persian Gulf during the Achaemenid and Sasanid
times can be found in historical books.
Head of the Iranian underwater archeology team Mahmoud
Mireskandari explained that this year’s studies are to
be carried out in Siraf and Rig ports, on the wall of
Gorgan and on the historical bridge of Gavmishan in Dareh
The studies planned for the year are of great importance,
said Mireskandari. Research in Rig and Siraf can lead to
the discovery of lost historical cities or sunken ships,
and analysis on the historical wall of Gorgan can provide
information about its construction in the water.
During the recent years, the Iranian team has carried out
some studies in some historical ports, discovering for
example numerous potteries from the Sassanid era in Siraf.
The underwater archeological activities of Iran have so
far been scarce, but there is historical evidence of the
country’s rich underwater treasures, said deputy head of
Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization for research Jalil
Golshan, announcing cooperation with foreign archeologists
in the coming years.
Great archeologists of the world believe that Iran’s
underwater archeology is in need of more than one hundred
years of exploration, the results of which will really be