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New Archaeological Methods to be Used to Study Tabaran Site


31 May 2004



The historic- cultural site of Tabaran, in eastern Khorasan, with its buried historical remains is to be studied without excavation, by application of a new technologies and geophysics techniques.

Since 2000, some 270 boring pits have been made in Tabaran and Tus, unearthing some of the historical remains of the old city of Tabaran, explained head of the project, Saberi, adding that more archeological studies are underway in the northern parts of the site. However, they are time consuming and the application of new technologies will help speed up the work.

The geophysics method is one of the newest archeological research techniques of the world which enables the researchers to scan the levels underneath the earth surface, determining the existence or otherwise of historical remains without the need to dig boring pits. As a result, archeologists can concentrate their work on the areas with higher probability of success and speed.

Tabaran is included on Iran’s national heritage list and the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization intends to revive it as the first historic-cultural city of Iran. However, since it is one of the few villages that due to its cultural and tourist features have attracted immigrants during the years, its revival and preservation requires establishment of larger perimeters for the site.

The historical city of Tabaran, encompasses Tus area where the famous Iranian epic poet Master Ferdowsi lies in his eternal life, plus an old fortresses with unique structure. Archeological studies of the area can shed light on its different historical eras, but its vastness and the existing residential units impede traditional archeological studies, making the new geophysics technique a viable alternative.


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