Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
& CULTURAL NEWS OF IRAN©
of Parthian & Sasanian Sites in Qeshm Island
03 March 2006
View of Qeshm
(CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations in Qeshm Island
in Persian Gulf led to the discovery of 32 historical sites belonging to the
Parthian (248 BC–AD 224), Sasanid (224–652 AD), and post-Sasaniand periods.
Existence of abundant evidence from Post-Sasanid era is indicative of trade
growth in this part over this period of time, in particular over the Safavid Age
In an interview with CHN, Alireza Khosrowzadeh, archaeologist and head of survey
and identification team in Qeshm Island said, “Survey of different islands of
Persian Gulf which have been started with the goal of identifying pre-Islamic
sites led to the discovery of one Parthian site, one Sasanid site and 30 Islamic
He added, “These settlements have mostly been formed in this region for trade
and business purposes, a fact which shows that Qeshm Island has been located in
the trade route connecting the northern parts of the Persian Gulf to its
On the different processes of excavations in the Island, Khosrowzadeh pointed
out that various historical periods from ancient time to the Islamic era,
different kinds of defensive fortification and citadels built during the
pre-Islamic era, and the special systems of water transfer and water storage
during the warm seasons will all be investigated in this stage.
The largest island in Iran, Qeshm, is located in the Persian Gulf and covers an
area of 500 square miles (1295 sq km). Qeshm Island is a mostly rocky and barren
island with a small human population. On the little cultivated land there is,
dates and melons are grown. Qeshm Island was once an important center of trade
in the Persian Gulf region.
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