Aus­tria keen on study­ing an­cient sites in western Iran

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

Aus­trian Ira­nol­o­gist Florin Sch­warz has called for con­duct­ing fur­ther stud­ies on Iran’s an­cient sites in the west of the coun­try. Arche­o­log­i­cal works are aimed at lo­cat­ing an­cient set­tle­ments in the area, said Sch­warz, ac­cord­ing to Re­search In­sti­tute of Iran’s Cul­tural Her­itage, Hand­i­crafts and Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICHHTO), re­ported IRNA.

Sch­warz pointed to the pro­grams which had been pre­vi­ously been pre­sented by the team, and said: “We in­tend to ex­am­ine a large per­spec­tive in a small site as part of a long-term plan in the field of arche­ol­ogy. In ad­di­tion to arche­ol­ogy, the stud­ies would also in­clude his­tory and for this rea­son we have come to­gether from three in­sti­tutes.

“We do not con­sider un­der­tak­ing an ex­ten­sive arche­o­log­i­cal pro­ject, but rather we in­tend to achieve the ob­jec­tives through geo­phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, sur­vey on the sur­face, and so on and then ex­pand it to wider ar­eas.”

Parts of Shir­van (Sarab Kalan) vil­lage date back to the Sas­sanid era and no con­struc­tion has been made in the re­gion and there­fore could be stud­ied, she added.

Sch­warz noted that the Aus­trian team in­tends to con­duct stud­ies about the Ne­olithic pe­riod, from the Pre-his­tory to the Sas­sanid era in the area while in­cor­po­rat­ing the his­tor­i­cal pe­riod and arche­ol­ogy in gen­eral.

“His­tor­i­cally, we can reach the con­clu­sion that the Sas­sanid era came to an end at a pe­riod of time but un­der­stand­ing the rea­son is a task which calls for an over­all study.”

Mean­while, An­dreas Polz, head of the In­sti­tute for An­cient Cul­ture Stud­ies, elab­o­rated on the process shap­ing the set­tle­ments which ex­tended from the plains to the hills and then to the moun­tain. The study of those his­tor­i­cal pas­sages and pre­sent­ing them as a pat­tern for the Mid­dle East are among the ques­tions which will be pur­sued in the cur­rent stud­ies.


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