An international conference is set to take stock
of the archeological findings in northwestern Iran in June, the
secretary of the gathering announced.
Hamid Fahimi said the three day conference would discuss
archeological findings made in northwestern Iran, including the
provinces of West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Ardabil and
"Exploring the archeological relationship between
northwestern Iran and other cultural areas in Iran and
neighboring lands is another focus of the conference,"
The conference was slated for last march but had to be postponed
for unspecified reasons. Six foreign experts as well as 19
domestic experts are scheduled to address the conference.
Among domestic papers approved for presentation are the rock art
in northwestern Iran, classification and typological analysis of
the pottery of the Arsacid and Sassanid era in Mahneshan in
Zanjan, a preliminary report on discovery of stone industries in
Middle Paleolithic age near Maraqeh, explorations in the Zahhak
castle in Hashtrud and a report on recovery of the Zarzar
Foreign experts have presented papers on such issues as
complications in Iran's Iron Age, northwestern Iran and
Caucasus: common history and links in the Bronze Age. Last year,
the archeological scene in Iran saw some 33 explorations, 25
boring pits missions, and 32 surveys. Some 120 reports were
filed on these undertakings.
In 2001, a conference was held focusing on southeastern Iran,
that is, Sistan-Baluchestan, part of Kerman, Afghanistan and
The geographical division of the country allows for exploring
cultural spheres, their links and environments.
Experts from Germany, Italy and us are taking part in the
forthcoming conference slated for June 19-21 in Urmia. The next
international conference is expected to focus on archeology in
northeastern Iran, covering central and southern Khorasan, parts
of Semnan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and western Golestan.
An exhibition of relics found in northwestern Iran will be held
on the margins of the Urmia conference.