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Attend Siraf Conference
international conference of Siraf will be held in
Bushehr, south of Iran, with of some of the most
famous archaeologists of the world attending, from
15th to 17 of November 2005.
Due to lack of facilities in the area, the program
was once postponed from last April to the coming
November. However, the area is not yet completely
prepared for the event.
Head of Bushehr’s Iranology Center, Abdolkarim
Mashayekhi, says that the papers sent to the
conference office by foreign guests have been
studied and 8 of them have been invited to take
part in the congress.
Moreover, some 118 papers have been sent by
domestic experts, 60 of which are selected and to
be published for the program.
The historical harbor of Siraf stretches along the
Persian Gulf shore toward the nearby foothills for
4 kilometers in Bushehr province. Some parts of
the area which is the oldest harbor of Iran today
are known as Taheri harbor.
During the first centuries Hejira, Siraf was the
most important and affluent marine commerce port
of Iran through which Iran had relations with
countries such as India, North Africa, and the
neighborhood regions. After an earthquake which
took place in the 4th century Hejira, some parts
of the harbor drowned and it lost its role as a
Siraf has not been yet registered on Iran’s list
of national heritage and requires better
preservation and maintenance.
Professors from universities of Oxford, Cambridge,
and Durham are among the Siraf experts who will
come to Iran this coming November.
Since some of the invaluable evidence from the
Parthian, Sassanid, and the beginning of the
Islamic era are remaining in Siraf port, it is
considered a key source in proving the Iranian
identity of the Persian Gulf against groundless
claims by the neighboring Arab countries over its