Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
& CULTURAL NEWS©
Welcomes Japanese Archaeologists for a Final
team of Japanese archaeologists are traveling to
the northern province of Gilan in August for the
fifth and final season of their work.
The Japanese team which started their work 5 years
ago will be accompanied by Iranian archaeologists,
aiming to complete their studies on the ancient
life of the province which is still unknown for
the most part.
The joint activities have so far revealed
invaluable pieces of Gilan’s past, including
architecture from the Iron Age and historical
hills from Neolithic era.
Since no architectural remains were found in the
province before the project by Iranian and
Japanese experts, it was thought that
architectural structures of Gilan were of wood and
therefore ruined throughout the ages. But their
discovery of mud brick structures dismissed all
The discovery of a Neolithic hill in the area
reveals that even before the Iron Age small groups
of people were settled in the area.
According to the Iranian head of the team, Jebrael
Nokandeh, the Japanese have been greatly
responsible in their cooperation with Iranian
archaeologists. “By completion of each
excavation season, meetings were held in Iran and
Japan to discuss the discoveries of the season and
the results attained. The reports of the works
have also been published,” explained No Kandeh.
Alongside their archaeology work, the Japanese
team also carried out anthropology and zoology
studies in Gilan, the results of which have also
The final season of work on Gilan sites is aimed
at summing up all the information gained
throughout the cooperation of Japanese and Iranian
is the Light on the Path to Future"
British Institute of Persian Studies