The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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