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"South Pars Zone" to Fund Exploration of the Partho-Sasanian Shipwreck in Persian Gulf
18 September 2006
courtesy of CHN
(CAIS) -- Preliminary
agreement has been reached between ICHTO (Iran’s Cultural Heritage,
Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation) and South Pars Special Economic Zone under
which the latter will extend financial assistance for underwater explorations of
a newly discovered ship off the Persian Gulf coast.
Director of Underwater Archeology Department of Archeology Research Center,
Hossein Tofiqian told Persian Service of CHN that given that the submerged ship
is located relatively long distance off the coast at a depth of 70 meter below
the sea level, facilities and equipment needed for conducting underwater
research are inadequate.
Noting that the required equipment for conducting underwater research at this
scale is not available in Iran and such equipment will certainly be too costly,
Tofiqian pointed out that collaboration and investment of industrial and
non-governmental sectors in this field can expedite underwater explorations.
He pointed out that underwater archeology is relatively young in Iran and field
research conducted in this sector in the last five years is not comparable with
studies conducted in other areas, adding that exploring the submerged ship is
quite unprecedented both in terms of depth and distance from the coast.
The submerged ship is located off the coast of Siraf, Bushehr province and it is
probably the remains of a warship dating back to the Parthian (248 BCE - 224 CE)
or Sasanian (224-651 CE) dynastic eras.
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