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Budget Drawn for Persian Gulf Shipwreck Excavation

9/17/06 By Soudabeh Sadigh

Sunken shipwreck in the Persian Gulf Initial agreements have been reached between ICHTO and South Pars Company for more studies on the newly discovered shipwreck in the Persian Gulf. The Company has accepted to finance the project.

Tehran, 17 September 2006 (CHN) -- With the discovery of the remains of an ancient shipwreck under the waters of the Persian Gulf which most probably belongs to either the Parthian or Sassanid dynastic eras, Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and Archeology Research Center have started some negotiations with South Pars Gas Company and were able to reach to an agreement, according to which the company has accepted to provide the necessary finance to cover the project expenses.

"Considering that the newly discovered ship is far from the seashore and is sunken at a depth of 70 meters from the sea level, some special facilities are needed for underwater archeology excavation of the shipwreck. Participation of industrial and non-governmental sectors and their investments in this project in particular and in the field of underwater archeology in general could facilitate the trend of underwater excavations," said Hassan Tofighian, head of underwater archeology team of Archeology Research Center.

According to Tofighian, underwater archeology is still at the beginning of the road in Iran and is not developed enough to be able to undertake such a difficult excavation due to the special position of the shipwreck.

"Scientifically, the Archeology Research Center has the capability for starting the excavations in the Persian Gulf, provided that the necessary equipments as well as the financial support is available," added Tofighian. He also said that the required equipments for excavation of the discovered ship will probably be bought from the UAE.

The sunken ship was recently discovered 70 kilometers from the historical port of Siraf in Boushehr province at a depth of 70 meters in the Persian Gulf waters. The discovery was made by local fishermen and undertaken by Darya-Kav-e Jonub (Southern Sea Investigation Co.), on behalf of ICHTO with the supervision of experts from the Underwater Archeology Research Center.

Archeologists believe that the discovered ship must have been a merchant ship belonging to either the Parthian (248 BC- 224 AD) or Sassanid (224-651 AD) dynasties.

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