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Iranian Underwater Archeologists Searching for Lost Treasures


02 May 2004



An 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 Shahr.

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 significant.


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