and the director of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (ICHTO) Esfandiar Rahim-Moshaie said on
Tuesday that good capacities have been developed in the
field of archaeology and urged the need to reduce the
country's reliance upon foreigners by making full use of
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the inaugural
ceremony of the 3rd International Symposium of Archaeology
(November 8-11) held at Fakhreddin As'ad Gorgani Hall in
the northern city of Gorgan, he added that international
cooperation in the sector is inevitable.
He noted that archaeological excavations should be
conducted within a broader scope rather than being limited
to the domestic scene.
The vice-president said that the main purpose of
archaeological excavations is to bring about unity and
added that scientific discoveries in any land do not
merely belong to its people.
Turning to the capacity of national universities in the
field, he noted that the administration of the sector is
highly important for the fruition of archaeological
Moshaie stressed that there should be close cooperation
between the universities and the country's administrative
body in the domain.
The 3rd International Symposium of Archaeology places
special focus on the cultural issues related to the north
and northeastern regions of the country including Golestan,
Mazandaran, Gilan and Semnan provinces.
the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition on the historical
relics of Iran's northern and northeastern provinces and an
archaeological book fair are underway and open to the public.
The First International Symposium of Archaeology in 2001 focused on
Iran's southeastern region and the second one held in Orumiyeh, West
Azarbaijan province, in 2004 dealt with the northwestern parts of