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New Archaeological Discoveries in Kish Island


21 June 2005




Latest 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 Ji.

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.




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