and Australia are soon to sign a five-year
memorandum of understanding for carrying out
excavations in the northern coasts and Iranian
islands of the Persian Gulf aimed at revealing the
region’s past secrets.
The archaeology department of Sydney University
and the archaeology research center of Iran are to
sign in a month or two an agreement for launching
new archaeological projects in the coastal areas
of Persian Gulf, south of Iran.
According to the international affairs director of
the Iranian archaeology research center, Karim
Alizadeh, the excavations aim to provide experts
with an insight into the historical sites and
civilizations of the northern Iranian coast of
Persian Gulf and its influence on the countries
located at the south of the Persian Gulf,
including United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and
In the recent years, Arabian countries on the
other side of the Persian Gulf waters have
launched some extensive studies to revive
archaeology in the region.
The northern coasts of Persian Gulf, including
Hormozgan and Boushehr provinces, are of major
historical sites of Iran where previous
excavations have led to the discovery of
prehistoric up to the Islamic era remains.
The archaeology department of Sydney University,
Australia, is one of the key archaeology
institutes of the world, especially of Asia and
Pacific regions, having a long experience working
in Middle East areas. Moreover, Daniel Potts, who
heads the Australian team of archaeologists, has
previously worked in southern coastal regions of
Persian Gulf including in the historical sites of
United Arab Emirates.
Besides excavations in Persian Gulf coasts and
islands, the memorandum of understanding foresees
some joint activities by Iranian and Australian
experts in Nourabad and Espeed Tepes in Fars
province where Sydney University had already
carried out two excavation seasons two years ago.
Those works had led to the discovery of artifacts
dating to the seventh millennium BC up to the
Experts believe that results of these excavations
in Nourabad and Espeed sites are of great
importance to an understanding of the cultural
ties of northwest areas of Fars, Khuzestan
province of Iran, and Mesopotamia of Iraq.
The joint archaeological activities by Iranian and
Australian experts are part of Iran’s recent
attempts to benefit the cooperation of foreign
experts in reviving its noteworthy archaeology.