excavations in Persian Gulf island of Kish, has
led to the discovery of some tiles dating to the
Ilkhanid era, arabesque lattice works, and remains
of a human skeleton among ruins of Harireh site.
Ilkhanid dynasty was one of the four divisions
within the Mongol Empire, founded by Hulegu Khan,
grandson of Genghis Khan. The dynasty ruled Persia
from 1255/56 until 1340.
The new season of excavations in Harireh site is
aimed to discover historical residential and urban
settlements of the Island. Harireh is one of the
few towns in Iran dating to the Ilkhanid era which
is completely buried underground and experts are
hoping to give it a new life by bringing it out,
adding it to the tourist and cultural attractions
of Kish Island. The town is mostly residential and
evidence of the Seljuk era is also found there.
According to head of the excavation team, Saman
Surchi Ji, architectural remains from two eras
have so far been discovered in Harireh. The first
period is identified as the Ilkhanid period, but
the second has not yet been identified. The
quality of structures built in the first period is
higher than those of the second, explained Surchi
Another discovery in Harireh area that has caught
the eye of experts is a human skeleton, alongside
which artifacts such as a black glass bracelet and
some pieces of tile have been discovered.
“We believe that the skeleton, little parts of
which have been left intact, belongs to a person
who has lost his life under the debris,” Surchi
Ji told CHN. The discovery of the skeleton has
eliminated the idea that Harireh town was deserted
when an earthquake hit the area at the time.
Potsherds known to belong to China have also been
found among the architectural remains of Harireh,
providing probable evidence of economic relations
between Iran and China during the time Ilkhanids
reigned the area.