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of Archaeological Research has Ended at 6000-Years-Old Tall-e Ghazir
16 September 2006
(CAIS) -- Archaeological
research by a joint teams from Oriental Institute of the
University of Chicago and Iranian experts,
by Leili Niakan, at the historical Tall-e Ghazir (Qasir)
site in Ramhormoz, southern Khuzestan province has ended with new finds.
Persian Service of ISNA quoted Abbas Alizadeh, currently a professor of
archeology at University of Chicago, as saying that the team began the site
excavations in late August.
He explained that early excavations had been conducted at
the prehistoric site by Donald E. McCown and Joseph
Caldwell on behalf of the Oriental Institute of the
University of Chicago in 1948-49.
“However, reports of those studies were never published
in a book due to the demise of the two American
professors,“ Alizadeh stated.
He said that the recent diggings were aimed to study the
environment, farmlands, human settlements, methods of
irrigation as well as historical periods at the archaic
Alizadeh went on, “Migratory tribes have since ancient
times used the area at the heart of Ramhormoz Plain as
their overwintering grounds.
“These lands are not suitable for farming due to the
existence of springs containing high amounts of gypsum.
These lands can only be used for livestock grazing.“
Ramhormoz is an ancient city in Khuzestan province in
southwest of Iran. Having been established during the
Sassanid period, it was called Samangan in old days. The
most famous monuments in the city of Ramhormoz are the Mausoleum of Hormoz I,
the Sasanian king of kings in Bagh-e Bard-e-Shur, a Sasanian arch, and Sasanian
Da va Dokhtar castle.
Turning to the upcoming excavations, Alizadeh stated that
operations to excavate one of the three major cities in
Khuzestan (Abufandva) during 4,000 BCE located near Shush (Susa) will start in late
September. A team of experts from Britain, Turkey and the US will
work at the site.
Extensive archeological studies were conducted on the
other two cities namely Shush (Susa) and Choga-Mish prior
to the 1979 revolution.
“Apart from an unpublished study headed by Professor Ezzatolah
Negahban, no other research has yet been carried out at
the primeval city,“ he explained.