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China's request for underground archaeology in Iran

China's request for underground archaeology in Iran
ID : N-641 Date : 2017/11/12 - 10:17

(Persia Digest) – The Center for Underwater Cultural Heritage Protection of China has made a request to Iran to carry out archaeological excavations on the shores of either Mahrouyan or Najirom ancient underwater sites in Siraf Port in Bushehr Province.

Mr Yang made the proposal at a meeting with Seyed Mohammad Beheshti, the President of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Research Institute of Iran.

He said: “Najirom is an untouched archaeological site where no excavations have taken place to date.”

Mr Yang continued: “All the archaeological layers in Mahrouyan from 9-15 centuries indicate the presence of Chinese green Celadon pottery. Very little work has been carried out in this area.”

He called for an exchange of students and experts between Iran and China to further study the various archaeological fields.

Seyed Mohammad Beheshti, President of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Research Institute of Iran, also stated that cooperation between the two countries does not have to be limited to underwater archaeology: “If China is ready, we are interested in cooperating with China in all areas.”

Hossein Tofighian, an archaeologist who has carried out excavations on the shores of the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf also announced that the Bushehr coastline was studied last summer, and said: “In this study, scattered pottery and a large number of terracotta from the Sassanid period were found and are being investigated.”

Referring to the discovery of a rocky anchor and large pots, he said: “Ajdari potteries have been discovered in Mahrouyan, Siraf and Rig ports.”

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