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International Experts Back in Iran to Resume Archaeological Studies


18 May 2004



International archeologists are set to return to Iran, a quarter of a century after they left in the wake of events that led to the Islamic Revolution. They are going to complete their unfinished explorations reports and present new ones based on their previous and novel findings in the historical sites in the country.

Under agreements reached, the international experts are expected to visit Iran in order to set up joint explorations teams with their Iranian counterparts.

Since the reign of Mozaffaroddin shah of Qajar, foreign archeologists started explorations in many areas around the country. Some missions were left unfinished without Iran receiving any reports on the works completed and findings made.

An official with the cultural heritage organization Jalil Golshan said talks were underway with several international archeological groups which conducted studies in areas in south and north of the country. They were unable to complete their work and report to the Iranian authorities.

"Once in Iran, the international archeologists will carry out one or two seasons of studies jointly with their Iranian counterparts," Golshan said. "They are supposed to present their reports of the earlier findings and continue joint work with Iranian archeologists in case the conditions are appropriate."

A group of Italian researchers are currently in Isfahan, going on with their work in the grand mosque left unfinished after the Islamic revolution. In addition, a group of German archeologists are expected to continue their undertaking in the Sad Darvazeh in the central Semnan province.

Over the last two years, international archeologists have been back in Iran for joint projects, working in joint groups or as experts in archeological teams.


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