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Underwater Archaeology Centre to be Established in the Persian Gulf


19 December 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Based on initial agreements between Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and South Pars Oil Company, a centre for underwater archaeology will be established in the Persian Gulf as the first attempt to recover the Partho-Sassanid shipwreck discovered last September at a depth of 70 meters near the port of Siraf.


“According to articles 9, 10 and 11 of the memorandum of understanding signed between ICHTO and South Pars Oil Company, the Company has accepted to take charge of the establishment of a research centre for underwater archaeological excavations in the Persian Gulf. Based on this agreement, recovering the discovered Partho-Sassanid shipwreck will be the first priority of this centre,” said Hossein Tofighian, director of ICHTO’s Underwater Archaeology Research Centre.


The recent discovery of the remains of an ancient merchant ship and its cargo, believed to have belonged to either the Parthian (248 BCE-224 CE) or Sassanid (224-651 CE) dynasties, in the Persian Gulf attracted the attention of world archaeologists and many expressed their willingness to cooperate in its recovery process, which is an absolutely challenging task.


During his recent trip to Greece last month by director of ICHTO’s Archaeology Research Centre, invited Greek archaeologists specialized in underwater excavations to cooperate in this project after he paid a visit to their underwater archaeology equipments and found them appropriate for this project. According to Tofighian, salvation of the shipwreck will start once the Greek archaeologists arrive to Iran.


The discovery of the Partho-Sassanid shipwreck and its cargo was made accidentally by the local fishermen. Initial studies were then carried out for the first time by Darya-Kav-e Jonub Company (Southern Sea Investigation Co.) on behalf of ICHTO under the supervision of experts from the Department of Underwater Archaeology of Iran’s Archaeology Research Centre. A short documentary was also made from this ship which revealed that the ship’s cargo contains big amphora-like jars, which were in use only during the Parthian and Sassanid dynastic periods.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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