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Archaeology in Search of Ancient Gorgan Wall
15 June 2006
(CAIS) -- Underwater archaeological studies will be
conducted for the first time to determine the extent of the ancient wall of
Gorgan which is considered the longest in Asia second only to the Great Wall of
China. Archaeologists hope to discover the wall’s extension into the Caspian
Director the underwater excavation team, Hossein Tofiqian told Persian Service
of CHN that Gorgan and Tamisheh walls extend to the sea but it is not clear
whether they stretched beyond the shores. Tamisheh Wall constitutes a part of
Given the importance of this discovery, archaeological excavations will be
undertaken in Gorgan Bay this summer, he noted.
“If remnants of the walls are found in the sea, it will be evident that
sections of the walls were submerged by advancing sea waters,“ he observed.
Underwater archaeological studies will help the team determine the actual extent
of the walls, he said, adding that the studies will be the first of its kind in
This is while several local and foreign archaeologists have so far undertaken
excavations in different sections of the walls located on land, he noted.
Tofiqian further said that director of Gorgan Wall Project has proposed inviting
a British archaeological team to take part in the undertaking but the
materialization of this depends on the approval of Archaeological Research
Gorgan Wall, which is one of the most important historical monuments in Golestan
province, extends for 200 kilometers. Like the Great Wall of China, it was built
to protect the city from invaders.
Archaeologists have also come across remnants of an edifice and a temple dating
back to the early Sasanid dynasty (3nd century CE)