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