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Second Seasonal Excavation is Expected to Get Underway in Ancient Harrireh


News Category: Pre-Islamic & Islamic Periods

 01 January 2006



LONDON, (CAIS) -- The second seasonal excavation is expected to get underway at the ancient town of Harrireh in a couple of weeks and will last for a month.


The ruins of Harireh ancient city, north of the island, attest to Kish islands magnificent past. The ruins of which remain in the center of the northern coast, most likely belongs to the late Sasanian and early Islamic eras. Three square Kilometers in area, the city reached the peak of its majesty during the Saljuks and Atabakan of Fars.

Kish has a long history of about 3,000 years, being called under various names such as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss in the course of time. In 325 BC, Alexander, the Macedonian warlord had commissioned Niarkus to set off an expedition voyage into the Persian Guld and Sea of Oman. Niarkus's writings indicate that he visited Araracta in the 4th century BC. His descriptions of Araracta precisely match with the characteristics of Kish. 


Kish Island is part of Hormozdgan province, located 18 Km off the southern Iranian coasts of Persian Gulf. The relatively oval island is 15 km long and 7 km wide. Kish is a coral island and clear azure waters surround it.


A view of the ancient city of Harireh at the the Persian Gulf Island of Kish in southern Iran is seen in the photos below.



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Source: IRNA

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