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Geophysical Studies to be Conducted on Gohar Tepe


05 February 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- In an effort to find a more accurate method for conducting archaeological studies in the area, some geophysical researches will be performed in Gohar Tappeh historic site, northern Iran. Meanwhile, experts believe that existence of agricultural lands on this 5000-year-old hill is a real obstacle for undertaking researches at the moment.


“Four seasons of archaeological excavations carried out so far in Gohar Tappeh have resulted in discovery of some important archaeological and cultural evidence in this historic site. However, since the hill is expanded over a large area, from now on the excavations should be conducted more accurately and systematically to reach more information in shortest time, which is why we have decided to start geophysical studies in the area,” said Ali Mahforouzi, deputy director for research of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Mazandaran province and head of archaeology team in Gohar Tappeh.


According to Mahforouzi, geomagnetic research will provide archaeologists the chance to identify archaeological evidence before starting their field researches to unearth the artifacts and this way it would promote the efficiency of archaeological excavations in this vast area.  


Regarding the importance of Gohar Tappeh Mahforouzi explains: “Gohar Tappeh is one of the unique historic sites in Iran and it is worth receiving more attention and support from Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.”


Existence of agricultural lands on this historic hill and the continuous ploughing of the lands by farmers which have caused serious damages to some parts of the hill is one of the main problems archaeologists have to deal with. “The hill enjoys a marvellous cultural richness. However due to agricultural activities in the area, we have to postpone our research until this coming summer,” says Babak Amipour, the geophysicist.       


Covering a 50-hectare area, the historic Gohar Tappeh is located east of Mazandaran province between the cities of Nekā and Behshahr, north of Iran. Evidence shows that from 7000 years ago to the first millenniums BCE, large number of people lived in the region, enjoying an urban life since 5000 years ago. Discovery of architectural structures and graves in the region are evidence of continual life during the later centuries at this ancient hill.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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