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Cities under Water
Some cities of the southwestern province of
Khuzestan had been under water 5000 years ago, showed
geophysics, paleontology and archeological studies carried out
in the province by the archeology group from the Belgian Ghent
The archeology team headed by Michael Tanderd and Herman Gash
traveled to the area last year to carry out field work on
ancient and historical matters, and afterwards in January 2004
headed by Professor Gash to complete the geophysics data of the
Researchers believe that several cities of the province were
under water before the Ilamite period and signs of life have
been found in the area just afterwards.
According to an archeologist who accompanied the team of Gash,
Peymani, the completion of data and the details of life in the
area necessitate stratigraphy analysis and sediments study,
which will probably be resumed once the Belgian team returns to
Iran in September 2004.
The Belgian team has taken with themselves samples collected
from ground levels 10-meter deep to carry out the necessary
experiments on them.
Khuzestan is home to many historical and ancient monuments, and
Professor Gash believes that the changing routes of waters in
the area have largely influenced the life of different ethnic
groups living there; also the various cultures of the province
are the result of moving from one era to the other.
Professor Gash had also been part of the excavations carried out
by Girshman team in Susa some 40 years ago, and now that he is
back in Iran he is saddened to see that 80% of the invaluable
ancient areas surveyed then are now under cultivation and out of
reach of archeologists.
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