Tehran, Dec 24, IRNA-A group of architects has recently begun designing what will be Iran's largest site-specific museum at the Iron Age Site of Gohar-Tappeh in the northern province of Mazandaran.
Two billion rials (over dlrs 210,000) has been allocated for the museum, which will be established in an area of 50 hectares, according to Sunday edition of the English language newspaper `Tehran Times'.
"We negotiated with several groups of designers, and one of them is to complete the blueprint for the museum by late January 2007," the director of the archaeological team working at Gohar-Tappeh said on Saturday.
"The complex will house artifacts from the ancient site of Gohar Tappeh and the ancient cave dwellings of Huto, Gomishan and Kamar-Band, and some objects from the natural environment of Mazandaran," Ali Mahfouzi added.
"The establishment of the museum is very important for the region, which contains evidence from the Lower Paleolithic, Middle Paleolithic, and Upper Paleolithic eras. We have also found traces from the Iron Age to the Parthian, Sassanid, and early Islamic eras in this region."
The museum will be established based on the standards of world-renowned site-specific museums, particularly the Eco-Museum of Alsace in France.
The museum will also focus on the cultural anthropology of the region by displaying the findings of a team of anthropologists currently documenting the ethnic groups residing in the area.
Eleven ethnic groups, including Kurds, Lors, Afghans, Georgians, and Turks, have been identified in the region.
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