Iran's Gorgan Wall undergoing new excavation season
The eighth excavation season of Gorgan Wall has begun in cooperation with Iranian and international archaeologists, said the head of Gorgan Wall Archaeological Project.
|Excavation of a fort along the Gorgan Wall [Credit: Arman Ershad]|
Moreover, archaeologists from Britain, Germany, France, Russia, Georgia and Ireland are also participating in the studies, he noted.
|Aerial view of the wall running through the country. Note square embankment (a military fortified outpost)|
in the foreground [Credit: British Institute of Persian Studies]
Marine geophysical studies and underwater archaeology are the other areas of investigation, he added.
|LANDSAT image of Gorgan Plain, indicating the Alburz Mountains (to the south) and the Gorgan Wall (red) |
[Credit: Gorgan Wall Archaeological Project]
The wall originates on the Caspian coast, circumvents the north of Gonbad-e Kavous, proceeding towards the northwest before disappearing behind the Pishkamar Mountains.
|A section of the Gorgan Wall in the hills [Credit: Arman Ershad]|
It is second only to the Great Wall of China as the longest defensive wall in existence, but it is perhaps even more solidly built than the early forms of the Great Wall.
Source: Iran Daily [October 06, 2016]