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Another Season of Archaeological Research has Ended at 6000-Years-Old Tall-e Ghazir


16 September 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeological research by a joint teams from Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and Iranian experts, headed 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 site.

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“Apart from an unpublished study headed by Professor Ezzatolah Negahban, no other research has yet been carried out at the primeval city,“ he explained.



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