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Latest works of father of modern Iranian archaeology coming home

TEHRAN, Jan. 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- The latest works and essays written by Ezzatollah Negahban, the father of modern Iranian archaeology, will soon be returning to Tehran University's Institute of Archaeology, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday.

Negahban was the first Iranian archaeologist to organize studies in the field and his strenuous efforts also resulted in decreasing the number of smugglers and the looting of ancient artifacts.

He lives in the United States now. He is confined to a wheelchair, but still thinks of the glory of the ancient site of Marlik and sites yet to be discovered in every corner of the Iranian plateau.

The director of the institute, Hassan Fazel Nashli, who paid a visit to Negahban during his recent trip to the U.S., has announced that the latest works of Negahban will be transferred to the institute.

His works and essays include reports on the Marlik Cemetery, Zagheh Tepe, the Qazvin plateau, and Haft-Tappeh, as well as photos and notes.

Fazel Nashli believes that Negahban's works will help students and professors better understand the latest archaeological discoveries in Iran.

According to Fazel Nashli, Negahban is still thinking of his country's ancient civilization from such a long distance and about what the students of archaeology must do in their future studies.

Negahban delivered a speech at the fifth congress on Iran's art and archaeology in 1968 in which he proposed a total ban on the purchase and sale of ancient artifacts.

Negahban was born in 1921 in Ahvaz. He continued his studies in Tehran and obtained a B.A. in archaeology from Tehran University.

He received an M.A. at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

He made a detailed research study on the cream color earthenware in the Khuzestan region and collected valuable information for his thesis.

He also made efforts to obtain a license to renovate the Mohammadabad Caravansary in Qazvin. The caravansary was later converted into a workshop for the activities and archaeological studies of students at Tehran University.

Although Negahban is far from home, his efforts in excavations and archaeological studies are still the source of inspiration for Iranian students.

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