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New Moves to Film the Partho-Sasanian Shipwreck in the Persian Gulf 


15 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The underwater archaeology department of Iran’s Archaeology Research Centre is trying to film a recently discovered shipwreck and its cargo, lying 70 meters below the Persian Gulf waters. The first video taken from the ship was made last October by a team of experts from Darya-Kav-e Jonub Company (Southern Sea Investigation Co.), but was not clear enough due to inappropriate atmospheric conditions in the Persian Gulf.


The shipwreck was discovered last September when the local fishermen announced that they found pieces of clay vessels in their fishing nets. Initial studies by the Darya-Kav-e Jonub Co. revealed that a large merchant ship with its’ cargo is lying 70 meters below the Persian Gulf waters near the port of Sirāf.


From the very beginning, the Iranian cultural heritage authorities announced that the country’s underwater archaeology does not posses enough experience and expertise to recover the shipwreck and thus needs to hire non-Iranian underwater archaeologists to do the job. Initial talks were held with Greek experts to carry out the project in Iran, but nothing further happened ever since.


Based on amphorae-like vessels seen in the film and the potshards brought up in fishing nets, archaeologists believe the ship most likely dates back to Sasanian dynastic era (224–651 CE), although some date it to the Parthian dynasty (248 BCE–224 CE).




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

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