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Australians Archaeologists Assist Iran Reveal Its Persian Gulf Past


09 June 2005



Iran 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 Qatar.

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 Islamic era.

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.



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