on historical documents and archeological findings as well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
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
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.