– Discussing the trade and historical importance of
Siraf is the top agenda, insisted upon by a lot of
attendants of the international conference.
“Siraf international seminar has a special importance
for Iranians, because until today just Iranologists and
archaeologists knew about this historical site, leaving
public people unfamiliar with the cultural and trade
importance of Siraf port. Maybe people consider it just as
a piece of land which contains some historical remains,
while this piece of land actually has a close liaison with
the history of Iran,” told William Flor, an Iranologist
from Netherlands participating in Siraf seminar to CHN
Flor also believes that the seminar will act as a reminder
to Iranians that the historical site of Siraf belongs to
their ancestors and should be preserved.
Sera Jennings, archaeologist and Iranologist from Britain
who participated in the archaeological excavations under
the supervision of David Whitehouse in Bushehr, 36 years
ago and was one of the academic members of the team, is
another attendant of the seminar.
Jennings, who is an expert in historical glass objects,
expressed her joy of coming once more to Siraf, “In
Whitehouse archaeological team, I was supposed to study
objects, especially glass articles, which were unearthed
Pieces such as designed stone dishes and some bowls and
glass dishes which were used for drinking were the most
beautiful discovered articles in Siraf. These articles
attracted the attention of archaeologists at that time.
They were important both in trade and cultural aspects.
Articles which were created by the ancient people of Siraf
port indicate the importance of the port during the
ancient times,” Jennings told CHN.
Ivory objects from east of Africa, some pieces of stones
from India, and lapis from Afghanistan, were among the
articles discovered during the archaeological excavations
36 years ago in Siraf. About cultural similarities between
Siraf civilization and Al Koush civilization of Oman,
Jennings explained, “Although there is not any
similarity between these two civilizations, but there have
been found some evidence from Siraf in the area, and some
comparative studies should be carried out on these two
Jennifer Scarce, professor of the college of designing and
art from Dandi University, and cultural expert of the
Middle East from Britain, in a talk with CHN described the
seminar as a starting point for paying attention to this
historical port. He said, “Holding the seminar was a big
step toward attracting the attention of the people and
Iranian authorities to Siraf. I hope am certain that with
more attention to this historical site, Siraf port can be
turned into an important tourism center.”
In 1939, he was in the archaeological team of Siraf
excavations and studied on the discovered plaster works in
“The plaster works which were found in an ancient house
in Siraf in 1939 were unique and marvelous,” added
Scarce suggested that bilingual and pictorial guides be
provided with information about the historical site of
Siraf to people and tourists to make them familiar with
the importance of the port, introducing the region as
comprehensively as possible and encouraging people to do
their best in preserving this historical port.
The seminar, which aims to introduce the cultural and
trade position of Siraf port and introducing its
importance and capacities in establishing mutual relations
with the domestic and foreign research centers, started in
Bushehr yesterday. Some domestic and foreign experts
attended the seminar, who will deliver their essays on
Siraf port in the seminar.
International conference of Siraf is a proof of Iran’s
strategic interests in the Persian Gulf region. Experts
are looking for regenerating Siraf’s position in
Iran’s international trade with eastern Asia and Africa,
and introducing the scientific and historical status of
the region in the Islamic world.
Siraf is located on the northern shore of the Persian
Gulf. According to the coins discovered recently in the
region, the port dates back to the Parthian era. Siraf was
one of the most important geopolitical regions in the
Persian Gulf during ancient times.