(CAIS) -- Archaeological research to identify and
draw up a plan to restore the 800-year-old jetty
discovered on the northern coast of Kish
Island in Persian
Gulf are currently underway.
Announcing this, head of Kish Cultural Heritage Department
told ISNA that archeologists are following up their
earlier excavations conducted in the historical city of
Harireh and the nearby jetty.
Experts are attempting to identify port facilities which,
in some sections, date back to even one thousand years, he
Noting that the facilities were used by the inhabitants of
Kish Island in ancient times, he expressed confidence that
that some other sections will also be discovered if
archeological operations are continued in the area.
Historical city of Harireh, which is located in Kish
Island, dates back to Ilkhanid era (1256-1380 AD).
The latest round of excavations in the some parts of the
historical city was launched in March 2005 in cooperation
with Kish Free Zone Organization and the Cultural Heritage
It has been predicted that the first phase of the
excavations will take five years, he noted.
Artifacts unearthed in the area were unique in their own
kind, indicating the economic prosperity and glory of the
city during the 13th and 16th centuries.
Studies on architectural remnants denote the existence of
huge edifices decorated with plaster works, inscriptions
and enameled tiles, which were mainly used in religious
and administrative buildings.
Waterways and potable water reservoirs, which make up a
large number of discoveries in the area, are among the
main characteristics of the historical city.
Among the other items discovered are: gold-colored tiles
bearing inscriptions and decorations pertaining to the
Ilkhanid era, Chinese coins from the Ming dynasty in that
country and a lot of China-made potteries, which reveal
the extensive commercial links between Kish Island and
China and the Far East via the sea.