Iranian, Italian team to excavate ancient Estakhr

A team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists is slated to study ancient sites of the southern city of Estakhar in the Iranian province of Fars. 

Ruins of the ancient city Estakhr, Fars Province, Iran [Credit: PressTV]
A group of archaeological experts from Italy will conduct a series of studies in the ancient city of Estakhr, said director of the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) Mahmoud Mir-Eskandari. 

“The Italian group will use advanced equipments giving Iranian experts the chance to become acquainted with high-tech tools used in this field,” he added. 

The joint team will excavate the city for 45 days seeking probable signs of early mosques and ancient ruins, said Mir-Eskandari. 

In an earlier research program, a team of Iranian and Italian experts led by Professor Pierfrancesco Callieri of the University of Bologna studied some parts of the area in 2008. 

Estakhr is an ancient city located five kilometers north of Persepolis which was a prosperous city during the Achaemenid era. 

The new team is also planning to study the Sassanid city of Bishpur and several other cities in Fars province, Mir-Eskandari noted. 

The ruins of Bishapur have been recently introduced to be registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.  

Source: Press TV [April 29, 2012]

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