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Identification of 400 Archaeological Sites in Mazandaran Province


30 July 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Researches conducted by 16 teams in an attempt to prepare the archaeological map of Mazandaran province has resulted in identification of 400 historical sites just within the first week of this project. It is anticipated that the number of historical sites in this Iranian northern province would reach to 10,000 until the completion of the project.


Due to the ecosystem and historical diversity of Mazandaran (Māzandarān), as it was supposed the identified historical sites belonging to different prehistoric and historic periods and ranging in date from Palaeolithic to post-Sasanian periods.


According to Ali Mahforouzi, archaeologist and head of research department of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Department of Mazandaran province (MCHHTO), since Mazandaran province is divided into 16 sections, 16 teams consisted of archaeologists and geographical experts have been dispatched to different parts of the province. Currently the project for preparing the archaeological map of the province has been started from Galugah, the most eastern part of the province, to Rāmsar which is located on the west of the province.


In an attempt to cause the least harm to archaeological sites due to developing projects, all identified prehistoric and historic sites of Mazandaran province are due to be pinpointed in the archaeological map of the province.


“In order to complete the project in mountainous regions before starting of raining season, we have given the priority to these areas to identify their archaeological sites,” said Mahforouzi to Persian service of CHN.


He further explained that some 10,000 US Dollars have been allocated to this project by the Research Centre of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and some negotiations have been also made in this regard to increase the budget.


The mountainous country and thick forests of Mazandaran province have caused a number of difficulties for authorities to prevent smugglers from plundering the province’s archaeological sites. Regarding the amount of illegal diggings made so far in these regions, head of research centre of MCHHTO said: “The dispatched teams have not yet given a report from the rate of illegal diggings in mountainous areas. However it is predicted that a large number of prehistoric and historical sites must have been plundered so far. We are also determined to pinpoint these areas in a separate map in order to arrange special protection in these areas.”


Enjoying a large potential in archaeological research, Mazandaran province has played an important role in cultural flourishing and urban development of the region. “It is expected that this research project in Mazandaran province will also led into identifying and discovering the evidence of Kura-Aras culture of Caucasus region from west, pre-historic and historic cultures of Central Asia from east, and the civilization of Iranian Central Plateau,” explained Mahforouzi.


All achieved information about this historic province is due to be documented and pinpointed in a twenty-five thousandth map scale of Mazandaran province which will be put in hands of all development organizations.  




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


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