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ICHTO to Register Iran's Cultural Heritage Beyond her Modern Borders


News Category: Cultural

 09 November 2004



The Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran intends to register the cultural evidence and heritage of Iran, beyond its current geographical borders, in the UNESCO list of intangible heritage.

The main aim of the ICHTO is to register those evidences that are of Iranian heritage located in the modern countries which once were part of  the Greater Iran, such as modern states in Caucuses, Central Asia (incl. Afghanistan), Lower-Persian Gulf, Mesopotamia and Anatolia.


"The remains which are of the historical connections to Iran enter in the list of intangible heritage to maintain their sense of belonging to Iran,” said Esfandiar Mashaei, head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran in the third archaeological seminar of the north and north-east of Iran.

According to Mashaei, some actions have been taken in this regard to reach an agreement with the neighbouring countries so far.

Mashaei also says that returning the historical possessions which are not in the country and clarification their situation (such as Ctesiphon and Hatra), are the other issues which are now under consideration by the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran and some measures have been taken in this respect.

“We are not able to take back all the historical possessions which had been exited from the country during the past time, especially before the Islamic revolution of Iran. Some of these articles were exited by the approval of the government of the time, which makes the return of them impossible,” says Mashaei.

He also added that in addition to turning back some of these possessions Iran should be conscious from now on and prevent the exiting of cultural heritage from the country.

The archaeological seminar of the north and north-east of Iran that is held in Gorgan city from 8th of November and will run to the 11th of September, aims to study the archaeological researches in Gilan, Mazandaran, Golestan, and Semnan provinces.





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