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
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.