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Restoration of 800-Year-Old Kish Jetty Begins


24 January 2006



LONDON, (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 noted.

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 Department.

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.





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