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 World Archeologists to Cooperate in Recovery of the Partho-Sasanian Shipwreck in Persian Gulf


27 September 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- International underwater archeologists will be called to cooperate in recovery of the remains of a shipwreck found recently in the Persian Gulf, provided that the ICHTO' authorities issue the permission. Initial studies on the shipwerck which was discovered near the port of Siraf revealed that it was a merchant ship belonging to either the Parthian (248 BCE - 224 CE) or Sassanid (224-651 CE) dynastic eras.


Announcing this news, Hossein Tofighian, director of the Underwater Archeology Research Center of ICHTO (Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization) said: “Iranian underwater archeologists have the knowledge and capability to carry on with the expedition; however, it would be very helpful to use the experiences of other countries with long research history in this field.”


Considering that the shipwreck has been discovered far from the seashore and is sunken at a depth of 70 meters from the sea level and taking into account that underwater archeology in Iran has been limited to studies at relatively shallow depths, Tofighian emphasized that making use of the experiences and facilities of other countries could lead into considerably better and more useful results. He also announced the establishment of an underwater archeology center in the historic port of Siraf in a near future, provided that excavations of the newly discovered shipwreck turn out to be successful.


Tofighian said that the best time for underwater excavation in the Persian Gulf is the second half of the (Iranian) year and added that the Archeology Research Center will try to provide the facilities for the excavations before wintertime.


Two weeks ago, local fishermen accidentally discovered the remains of a ship in the Persian Gulf. Following this discovery, experts of ICHTO’s Archeology Research Center were called in for further investigations. More than 40 ceramic amphora-like jars with no handle were filmed by an underwater robot sent to the depth of 70 meters. The ceramic jars were found scattered along the seabed which revealed the functionality of the ship as a merchant.


Archeologists believed that the result of this excavation could lead into a better understanding of the Ancient Iranian navigation and sea-commerce in the Persian Gulf and other waters under their domains.


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