The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists has recently rediscovered ancient Hormuz Port, which was lost for 700 years, the Persian service of CHN reported on Wednesday.
director Siamak Sarlak said that archaeological studies led to the discovery of
evidence of Old Hormuz in the region, some 11 kilometers from Minab, adding,
“The region contains several connected sites which stretch to the beach in
believed that modern Minab was the same Old Hormuz which was invaded 700 yeas
ago by the Mongols and replaced Old Hormuz after its commercial decline. But
geological studies indicate that Minab has had the same location for 10,000
years and was never located near the beach, whereas Old Hormuz was famous for
the commercial trade of its port.”
to Sarlak, expert studies show that the northern part of Minab was used by the
merchants of Old Hormuz during summertime, since it enjoyed a good climate, but
the central part of Old Hormuz was near the Strait of Hormoz.
old travelogues described Hormuz as a port with brisk trade, and the
descriptions of the merchants of those days do not match the city of Minab,
of the major characteristics of Old Hormuz Port were its direct trade links with
the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea, the fact that ships easily came and went, and
its trade exchanges with commercial centers like Venice, eastern North Africa,
the southern part of the Persian Gulf, and Indochina.
Hormuz lost its status after the Mongol invasion when the local rulers abandoned
the port and transferred their headquarters to present-day Hormoz.
course, Old Hormuz continued its trade activities until the Qajar era, but could
never regain its former status,” Sarlak said in conclusion.
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