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International Conference on Archaeological Explorations in North-western Iran


24 May 2004



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 Zanjan.

"Exploring the archeological relationship between northwestern Iran and other cultural areas in Iran and neighboring lands is another focus of the conference," Fahimi noted.

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 church.

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 Pakistan.

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.


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