The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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
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
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.
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