The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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.
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).
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