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Archeologists Discovered Remains of an Achaemenid Ship


News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty

 25 September 2004



Based on historical documents and archeological findings as well as artifacts recovered from the seabed off the southern coasts of the country, archeologists have concluded that they belong to the ships and marine fleet dating back to the Achaemenid or Sassanid dynastic eras.

According to Cultural Heritage News agency, a group of Iranian archeologists conducting studies off the southern coasts have came across potteries belonging to the Sassanid era which indicate the existence of ships in ancient Persian civilizations.

Director of the Iranian Underwater Archeology Group Mohammad Mir Eskandari said, —According to historical texts, Iran possessed warships and commercial vessels since the Achaemenid era, evidence indicating the existence of these ships will certainly be found in archeological investigations,š he noted.

Pointing out that research in the field and underwater archeology are of great significance, he further said that the country could use imported equipment and technology in this respect.

Mir Eskandari noted that foreign experts are more inclined to conduct underwater research and stressed that in addition to finding evidence on the existence of Iranian ships, local archeologists can also identify more ships belonging to other countries including China, Greece and India, given the economic and commercial ties among the countries.

Several years ago, a group of archeologists from Canada, Greece and the USA conducted studies to find the fleet of the Achaemenid king Darius.

According to Herodotus, a Greek historian, a part of the Iranian fleet sank off the Greek coast in 492 BC. Evidence of this has been found in recent years.

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